FOUR DAY STUDY PROGRAM AND EXCURSION TOUR IN BODHGAYA WITH HH DALAI LAMA

Students with the organizers and supporters at the Kalachakra Maidan, Bodh Gaya

135 students hailing from Ladakh and other parts of India studying in various colleges and universities of Jammu, Chandigarh and Delhi were provided with an opportunity to attend three-day talk on The Four Noble Truth and Rice Seedling Sutra by HH the Dalai Lama and one-day excursion tour to Rajgir and Nalanda, on scholarship.

 

Evening Review Sessions with Geshe Namdak at the Roots Institute

 

The talk was organized for the Indians by the Nalanda Shiksha Committee  from 5th January to 7th January in Bodh Gaya, Bihar and the tour was conducted by the Flowering Dharma Centre. The students also had the chance to be a part of the review sessions in the evening at the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture with Geshe Tenzin Namdak, who is the first westerner to recive a Geshe Degree.

 

 

Students in Nalanda with Ven. Prof. Dhamma Jyoti of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara

In the course of these four-day event the students were introduced to the meaning of various Nalanda Philosophical views and concepts including the concept of Emptiness of Objective Existence, Interdependence among others. On the fourth day the students visited the World Peace Pagoda and the Vulture Peak at the Rajgir and site of ancient Nalanda University where they were briefed about the history, importance and relevance of the place by Ven Sonam Rigzen, a professor at the Nava Nalanda University.

 

The students for the tour were selected on the basis of their interest and reason which they filled out through an online registration form available at the website of Flowering Dharma. Various student bodies were connected in coordinating with the participants including All Ladakh Students Union (Jammu), Ladakh Student Association(LSA) and Ladakh Student Welfare Society Delhi (LSWSD).

 

In his three-day talk HH the Dalai Lama encouraged the participants and students to learn and study the philosophy that rooted in ancient Nalanda University. He also spoke how this tradition of Nalanda is Indian Tradition, which was born and flourished in the Indian soil and later spread to other parts of the world including Tibet, China, Mongolia, Japan and others. He spoke of the contributions of the various Nalanda Pandits (Masters) towards development of the tradition which can benefit not only a particular community or group but the whole of humanity.

The students also felt deeply enriched by this tour and has raised interest towards learning and studying of this wisdom tradition in many.

 

“We really enjoyed and for me these four days was one of the most productive and memorable days of my life. Coz, I have learnt many new things, got many experiences, visited many holy places, made many new friends and most importantly many doubts has been cleared…

So, we r very Thankful to Followering Dhamma for all these things and hope in future as well, we all will keep in touch and together try to preserve and promote the Nalanda Tradition- Tsewang Gailson.”

“We just started with our dharma,with our level of understanding,thus this is not the end.So keep exploring and develop enthusiasm towards the reality,share experience,about the concepts we been introduce to.-Sonam Gurmath”

“My heartfelt gratitude and deep love and respect to Nalanda Shiksha Committee, Organisers, Donors, Supporters and all the representative of LSA Chandigarh, ALSAJ Jammu, LSWSD Delhi and our team and representatives of Flowering Dharma, Mr Achuk (one man army) and Chosdon from Jammu for all the coordination and hard work. My respect and honor to Khando lay, Tashi Dawa lay, No Thinles (Tony lay of LSA), Angmo (president of ALSAJ) and all students who contributed to this tour directly or indirectly, mentally or physically.. Thanks to all the 135 students for making the tour a memorable one and fun. Wish you all a great success There are many faces in my mind and many names to be put in the list but in order to maintain the equanimity of the collective efforts of all the 135 students and many others who are not on the list but have immense contribution to make this journey to EMPTINESS Possible, I would rather not mention those names one by one.

Thanks to all- Tashi Namgyal, Director Flowering Dharma”🙏

 Are some of the thoughts shared by the participants after the program.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Sonam Gurmath 7 months ago 15/01/2018

    We just started with our dharma,with our level of understanding,thus this is not the end.So keep exploring and develop enthusiasm towards the reality,share experience,about the concepts we been introduce to.
    Thank you everyone,
    Thank you flowering dharma. 😊

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  2. Tsewang Gailson 7 months ago 15/01/2018

    Happy Journey Everyone!!!
    Well, i wanna extend my heartiest Thanks to Kaa Tashi lay, Achay lobzang la, Kaa jordan la, Mr. Thapa, kaa phuntsong, kaa Tashi, Yangkit la and all other team members of Followering Dhamma for organising such a Productive Retreat at such a holy place and for everything you have done for us, including the accommodation facilities and other stuffs…
    We really enjoyed and for me these four days was one of the most productive and memorable days of my life.Coz, i have learnt many new things, got many experiences, visited many holy places, made many new friends and most importantly many doubts has been cleared…
    So, we r very Thankful to Followering Dhamma for all these things and hope in future as well, we all will keep in touch and Together try to preserve and promote the Nalanda Tradition…
    Thank u very much once again,
    🙏🙏🙏

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  3. Stanzin Wangdus 6 months ago 15/02/2018

    The four day study program and tour in Bodh Gaya with having a number of students more than hundred is not an easy task but with the dedicative work from every members of flowering dharma make it happen. So for that I truly appreciate it with a heartiest congratulations and thank you for every one who are part of it.🙏🏻😇

    As i feel blessed and very lucky like every other students to be part of this gaya tour and got this opportunity to understand buddha dharma at it’s best within this short period of time.

    Buddha dharma is all we can possess and needed to carried out for the welfare of ourselves and others who are linked with us in any way.

    Therefore i wish and hope to see more in future from flowering dharma to open many such doors for students as well as other fellow beings who can get benefit from it.
    Best regards
    Stanzin wangdus

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  4. Padma Regjin 6 months ago 17/02/2018

    It’s was an amazing journey in which I learned so many things such as the basic teaching and main pillar of Buddhism philosophy. Other than this I had got an opportunity to explore main Buddhist areas from where Buddhist religion and Buddhist philosophy started such as Chargot pungpey ri, Bodh gaya, nalanda university.

    Thanks you so much
    Floweringdharma
    Lots of love

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  5. Anusha Shakya 5 months ago 10/03/2018

    It was an enthusiastic journey. It was an good opportunity to receive the blessing of HH Dalai Lama through the teachings of Buddha .By attending this, it has increased my level of understanding of Buddhism as well as its teaching which has inspired me eternally. It was a lively experience to participate in the discussions and lectures. The discussion on subjective and objective classification is always reminds me of you Guyss.
    In future I would also like to collaborate with you(flowering dharma) for such type of events. I am eagerly waiting for the next opportunity so that I can develop my insights on Buddhism.
    Thank you so much to both Tashi ji Thapa,Phunsukh ,Chodson,Jorden for the all the love and care.🙏🙏

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