We are delighted to inform you that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has generously accepted our invitation to continue his teachings for the Baltic States and Russia. The next cycle of teachings will take place in Riga, Latvia, in October 10th-11th 2016.
Tickets for the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are available on our website under the section "Tickets".
The topic for the forthcoming teachings was selected personally by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the meeting with the Organizing Committee back in 2014, right after his previous teachings in Riga that had turned to be a big spiritual celebration for all the participants and multiple online-listeners.
Texts for the teachings (Latvian, Russian, English): dalai-lama-text-2016.pdf
Thus, in 2016 His Holiness the Dalai Lama will grant the teaching on the Second Chapter of Dharmakirti’s Pramanavarttika (Commentary to Dignaga’s treatise on valid cognition). The Second Chapter is dealing with a key issue important for each serious spiritual seeker: is the enlightenment, the ultimate goal of one’s spiritual quest, really possible? It validates the existence of past and future lives, as well as Buddha Shakyamuni’s fundamental teaching on Four Noble Truth (suffering, cause of suffering, cessation and spiritual path).
Beingvery profound, Pramanavarttika’s Second Chapter has rarely been a topic of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public teachings in the West. That said, His Holiness personal choice may be seen as an indication of the trust he places on the audience of his teachings in Riga. Each time the Organizing Committee led by Telo Tulku Rinpoche had an honor to meet His Holiness, he told us, confidently and joyfully, that he remembers his intention to teach Dharmakirti’s Pramanavarttika and will definitely make it happen.
Dharmakirti is one of the seventeen great scholars (panditas) of Nalanda, a major monastic university in ancient India. His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says that he considers followers of Tibetan Buddhism spiritual heirs of Nalanda. He calls the seventeen great scholars “professors” and finds their teachings very relevant to the modern world.
“Tibetan Buddhism, with its roots in the Nalanda tradition, is the most comprehensive Buddhist tradition today. And although religious practice of Buddhism is only of interest to Buddhists, the traditions of logic and epistemology, as well as the science of mind and emotions, can be of benefit to everyone”, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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