Amidst continued tensions in Tibet and worldwide, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has continued to share the teachings of Buddha. Phayul.com reported on Dec. 26, 2013 that the Dalai has begun Lam Rim teachings in South India. Yesterday, the Dalai Lama began week-long teachings on the 18 Great Stages of the Path commentaries at Sera Monastery in south Indian state of Karnataka. This is home to some of the largest Tibetan refugee settlements in India.
The Dalai Lama has asked his disciples to set a proper motivation for whatever the topic of discourse is. He has said, “It’s not enough to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha only for this life, or for the good of the next life, or even to attain liberation; we need to take refuge until the attainment of complete enlightenment." The Dalai Lama went on to discuss the problems of having an undisciplined mind and the advantages of calming it. He expressed the feeling that every human being wants happiness and does not want to experience suffering.
Speaking on calming the mind, the Dalai Lama said, "Taming the mind is what we need to do to fulfill our wish for happiness, not to please anyone else. The mind is clouded by a misconception that things have true existence, to overcome which we need to understand selflessness." He has encouraged the development of the awakening mind of Bodhichitta.
The Dalai Lama has stressed that as human beings we must make the most out of our human intelligence while developing a warm heart. He has noted that although life is precious, it is not permanent and yet death is for certain. When we die all that really holds value is our experience of the Dharma.