LEH, Aug 31: Himalayan Buddhist Culture Association (HBCA) organised day long seminar on “Life History of Guru Padmasambhava” at Zang-dog-Palri Temple Leh.
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche was chief guest on the occasion while Member of Parliament (MP) Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal was the chief of honour.
Guru Padmasambhava was found as an 8-year old during 8th century in North-West of Oddyiana sailing upon a multi-coloured lotus flower in the Dhanyakosha Lake by King Indrabhuti. He propagated the Buddha Dharma and righteous living across Himalayas. He lived in Sani Zanskar, Ladakh. His influence grew manifold and he was worshipped throughout Mongolia, Tibet and Himalayan region.
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, in his speech, highly appreciated the HBCA for carrying out various activities in safeguarding the culture, identity and propagating Buddha Dharma’s teachings in the Himalaya. “Love and compassion is the essence of every religion and Buddhism also preaches love and compassion towards all living creatures” he said while urging the people to abstain from use of intoxicative especially alcohol. He added that Ladakh has made good development and prosperity in the region but at the same time our mind should be well developed to have kind and compassion towards all. He also stressed the need for adopting organic farming for the sustainable development in the region.
Hill Council Executive Councillor for Education Konchok Stanzin is his speech said that after getting UT status, Ladakh has the freedom to adopt its policies in the education sector and added that Hill Council is in process of introducing basic moral education in the form of text in schools.
MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, in his speech, urged the people to walk on the path of Guru Padmasambhava’s teaching. He also assured to make efforts to make Bhoti as the first official language of UT Ladakh. Regarding safeguarding of land, culture and identity of the region, MP said that it is in the hand of every citizen of this region and added that “we wanted freedom from Kashmir to safeguard our identity and we got it”.
Ladakh University Vice Chancellor C Phuntsog, Lama Chosphel Zotpa and HBCA secretary Tsering Norboo also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, HBCA President Tashi Targes presented welcome address.