Peace is the essence of Buddhism: Karmapa - The Arunachal Times
December 2, 2016
BOMDILA, Dec 1: His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje called upon the people of the West Kameng district to maintain peace and tranquility for a better world order.
“Propagation of peace only would not serve the purpose, it should come from within,” he said addressing his followers at Buddha Stadium here on Thursday.
“The teachings of Lord Buddha, has therefore great bearings in this materialistic world. The practice should not be limited to the monks and the monasteries only, rather it should be followed and incorporated by all sentient beings for which education is must,” he opined.
Assuring to come back and interact with the people in a more personalized and larger scale in the days to come, the Karmapa expressed his gratitude to the MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Pema Khandu for facilitating his visit to the state.
He also paid tribute to late Tsona Gontse Rinpoche for his yeomen services and prayed for his swift re-birth.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his address to the people of the district said that the visit of the Karmapa to the region and the state was a matter of great pride and honour.
He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.
He also advocated that with this new development, the gap between the spiritual guru and the followers would be bridged. “With the subsequent visit of the Karmapa, new initiatives like construction of monasteries and learning institutes could be taken up to further the spiritual ambience and temperament in the region,” Rijiju said.
MLA Japu Deru and DC Sonal Swaroop also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier in the morning, the Karmapa visited Thubchog Gatse Ling Monastery (Lower Gompa) where he was received by Guru Tulku Rinpoche and partook in various monastic rituals.
The day before, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Kalchakra Gompa, Thupsung Dargye Ling Monastery and the Lieung Gompa at Dirang en-route to Bomdila from Tawang.
Among others, the programme at Buddha Stadium Bomdila was attended by Speaker TN Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretaries Phurpa Tsering and Kumsi Sidisow, MLA Japu Deru, MHA advisor Amitabh Mathur, Chairman DoKAA Jambey Wangdi, DC Sonal Swaroop, RCS Rinchin Tashi, DIG (APP), DIG (SSB), Commander BRO, Director CIHCS Dahung and others. (DIPRO)