Upholding the Nalanda Tradition and its rich philosophical heritage
The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Upholding the Nalanda Tradition and its rich philosophical heritage

The graced the Tsuglagkhang courtyard at Thekchen Chöling, , with his presence, radiating warmth and amidst an overcast sky.

Welcomed by representatives of Mongolia, where 300 attendees awaited his , he graciously accepted of cheese and curd, inviting the couple to partake alongside him.

Reflecting on his heritage and commitment to preserving the , The Dalai emphasized the importance of upholding the Tradition and its rich philosophical heritage.

Expressing gratitude for the trust placed in him, he underscored the universal relevance of ’s teachings, rooted in the wisdom of scholars like and .

Highlighting the practical value of understanding the and emotions, The Dalai Lama urged attendees to integrate through and practice.

Reading verses from the “Hundred Deities of the Joyous Land,” he emphasized the importance of lineage transmission and the profound wisdom of .

Closing his discourse with prayers and blessings, The Dalai Lama encouraged practitioners to persevere in their spiritual journey.



  1. The Nalanda Tradition, originating from the historic Nalanda University in India, is a cornerstone of Tibetan Buddhism, characterized by several key elements:

    Scholarship: It emphasizes rigorous intellectual inquiry, valuing the study of classical Buddhist texts, philosophy, logic, and debate as integral to spiritual growth.

    Preservation: Committed to preserving and spreading the teachings of classical Indian Buddhism, it honors the works of renowned scholars like Nagarjuna, Asanga, and Chandrakirti.

    Philosophical Synthesis: It integrates the Madhyamaka and Yogacara schools, exploring reality, mind-phenomena relationships, and the path to liberation through a combined philosophical approach.

    Lineage Transmission: Rooted in an unbroken lineage of masters and disciples, teachings are passed down directly from qualified teachers, ensuring authenticity and continuity.

    Ethics and Compassion: Ethical conduct and compassion are foundational, guiding practitioners towards virtuous behavior and altruistic intentions on the path to enlightenment.

    Engaged Buddhism: Advocating for the practical application of Buddhist principles, it promotes social welfare and addresses contemporary issues with compassion and skill.

    Diverse Practices: Tailored to individual needs, it encompasses a wide array of meditation techniques, rituals, and philosophical studies aimed at nurturing wisdom, compassion, and spiritual realization.

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