Guwahati, November 8, 2019:

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang and his wife Sardha Tamang called on His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama in Dharamshala today and sought his blessings.

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The Dalai Lama during the meeting emphasized on reading the Buddhist text to have control over different human emotions, such as anger and hatred.

Ruing that India has lost the ‘Nalanda tradition’, the Dalai Lama expressed his commitment to revive the ancient Indian knowledge. He also emphasized that modern India needed this ancient knowledge and hence, it should be revived.

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The Dalai Lama during the meeting also talked extensively about Kangyur and Tengyur. The meaning of “Kangyur” is “the translated words (of the Lord Buddha)”. It is the entire collection of texts regarded as buddhavacana or “Buddha-word”, translated into Tibetan.

The texts considered to be “Buddha-word” are the records not only of the Buddha’s own discourses, but also of teachings and explanations given by others––often by his close disciples with his approval, or by other enlightened beings.

Also included are systematic compilations of the Lord Buddha’s pronouncements on particular topics, e.g. the rules of monastic discipline in the Vinaya texts.

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Whereas, the meaning of “Tengyur” is “the translated treatises”. It is comprised of Tibetan translations of works written by Indian Buddhist masters, explaining and elaborating on the words of the Lord Buddha.

The Dalai Lama also emphasized on teaching of Sanskrit in order to learn old Indian text. The Sikkim Chief Minister informed His Holiness that his government has given top priority to Sanskrit teaching, and also appointed 170 Sanskrit teachers in various schools across the State.

The Chief Minister during the call extended an invitation to His Holiness to visit Sikkim, which the Dalai Lama gracefully accepted, and stated that he is likely to visit Sikkim in the summer of 2020.

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