The 14th Dalai Lama, Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, is one of the most revered personalities in the world with thousands of followers all across the globe. Many famous personalities including the head of various countries have been an ardent admirer of his teachings and his simplicity. Living in India for a long time now, he has been spreading his philosophy to all parts of the country and it’s not just us Indians who are fascinated by his teachings, but many foreigners visit India to seek his blessings and witness his divine presence.
Dalai Lama is a title given by the Tibet people to the most revered spiritual leader of the Gelug order of Buddhism. One of the youngest schools of Buddhism, Gelug school of thoughts is being practised by a majority in Tibet. Dalai Lama is also believed to be a successor in the life of tulkus, who are believed to be an incarnation of Boddhisatva of passion. Currently, the Gelug school has 14th Dalai Lama serving as the spiritual leader.
Tenzin Gyatso, who was born in Lhamo Thondup is the 14th Dalai Lama, currently living in the hills of McLeodGanj in Himachal Pradesh, India. 83 years of age, Dalai Lama has been an active voice advocating for world peace. This is the reason why many of world’s biggest political leader come to seek his blessings and a word of advice.
Dalai Lama is a man known not just for his spirituality but all his life teachings. A philosopher, a guide and a mentor, his speeches are a revelation for everyone who witnesses them. This is the reason why his every public appearance is flocked by people and people often search for his schedule for a year in advance. To ease the process for you, we will let you have his schedule for the next year.
Dalai Lama would be giving three days teaching on The Furthest Everlasting Continuum on special request from Russians.
Dalai Lama would be giving a two-day teaching session on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpos’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (laklen sodunma) to the Tibetan youth in the main temple during the morning.
Dalai Lama will confer the Avalokiteshvara Initiation (chenresig jigten wangchuk wang) at the Main Tibetan Temple in the morning at the request of Dzonga Choede Monastery.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will attend a Long Life offering prayer given to him by two groups in the morning. The venue for the prayer would be the Main Tibetan Temple.
Dalai Lama will be attending a Long Life offering prayer which will be given to him by former staff of the Central Tibetan Administration in the morning. The venue for the prayer would be the Main Tibetan Temple.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving four days of teachings sessions and he will continue the last year’s topic on Buddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita) at the request of a group from Asia in the mornings.
Dalai Lama will be giving four days of teachings at the request of Taiwanese.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving three days of teachings at the request of Koreans.
On the mornings of December 28 and 29, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving teachings on Shantideva’s: A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug). On the morning of December 30, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be conferring an Avalokiteshvera Initiation (chenresig wang). On the morning of December 31, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be attending a Long Life offering prayer given to him.
Dalai Lama will be concluding the empowerments that he was not able to complete in Bodhgaya in December 2018 on The Wheel of Teachings on Manjushri Empowerments (jamyang choekhor) in the mornings.
The sessions of Dalai Lama is no less than a spiritual journey and this makes his session a popular event. However, you can be part of any of his teachings by simply registering for the event. It is mandatory and it begins a few days before the event is supposed to start and the registration portal closes a day before the start of his teachings. The registration hours are between 9 am to 1 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm at the branch security office in McLeod Ganj. It is near the Bhagsunath Road.
Well, the registration process is quite simple and it can only be done in person at Branch Security Office in McLeod Ganj. You would be needed to present your passport with a nominal fee of INR 10. It is to be noted that as a long-standing policy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama doesn’t charge for any of his talks and teachings. Where tickets are needed to be purchased in advance, organisers are requested by his office to charge a minimal fee.
Located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, the popular tourist destination of McLeod Ganj is roughly 7 km away from Dharamshala. It is easily accessible by road and Kangra airport is 20 km away. Train connectivity is limited to Pathankot and you would have to take a taxi from the railway station to reach here. However, Himachal State Road Transport Corporation operates numerous buses to and from Dharamshala.
For the travellers and tourists visiting Dharamsala for Dalai Lama’s teachings, the town offers many tourist attractions for you to indulge in. From vibrant markets to natural hideouts, the town has many hidden gems that come to the light moment you step into the town.
You can either choose to stay in Dharamshala and travel from there to McLeod Ganj or you can directly stay in McLeod Ganj itself. However, it would be more suitable for you to stay in McLeod Ganj. You can choose between cheap hotels to deluxe accommodations.
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