Teachings

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives teachings throughout the year at various times and in different places. His Holiness also gives public talks. In India, teachings and public talks are usually free and open to the public. However, to attend teachings and public talks outside of India one usually is required to purchase a ticket. The proceeds from the ticket sales are used to cover the costs of the venue and other expenses related to His Holiness's visit.

On the 16th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar (which usually falls sometime in February or March) His Holiness gives his annual spring teachings (also called Monlam teachings) at the Main Temple in Dharamsala. These teachings usually last for a period of 15 His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving the annual spring teachings at the main temple in Dharamsala.days and are officially translated into English on FM channel. Several thousand people, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan, attend these popular teachings. His Holiness also gives other shorter teachings throughout the year at different times. During the last few years, His Holiness has also been giving teachings in India at the request of various Buddhist devotees from Taiwan and Korea. These teachings are usually translated into Chinese or Korean over the public address system and into English on FM channel. During the winter months in India, His Holiness often visits Bodh Gaya or some of the Tibetan settlements located in south India where he also regularly gives teachings.

His Holiness also gives a number of empowerments and initiations throughout the year, usually coinciding with his teachings. The Kalachakra Initiation is a complex and extensive initiation, which His Holiness has given 29 times up to 2005. However, His Holiness has always stressed the importance of practitioners attending the teachings rather than the initiations or empowerments in order to allow you to better understand the philosophy of Buddhism.

His Holiness also gives a number of public talks on topics that are close to his heart. Public talks, lasting about an hour followed by a question and answer session are popular on his foreign trips and are usually sold out soon after tickets go on sale

Practical Advice for Attending the Teachings in India

Dharamsala Guide

 

Latest News

Explaining Secular Ethics to the Indian Merchants’ Chamber and Its Ladies Wing
September 18th 2014
Mumbai, India, 18 September 2014 - The Indian Merchants’ Chamber was established in the early 20th century to promote trade, commerce, and industry by Indian entrepreneurs. Due to its dedication to making the Indian economy self-reliant, Mahatma Gandhi accepted an honorary membership in 1931.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Convocation
September 17th 2014

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Convene Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India
September 13th 2014

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Expresses Sadness and Concern on the Recent Flooding in Jammu and Kashmir
September 12th 2014

Addressing a Sino-Tibetan Conference
August 28th 2014

Explore