Dharamshala: The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (OHHDL) today released a video message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the auspicious occasion of Vesak, the Buddhist celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.
His Holiness said, “Today, we are celebrating Vesak which commemorates the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment after six years of austerity. On the basis of his own experience, the Buddha advised monks and scholars, just as gold is tested by heating, cutting, and rubbing it, so likewise you should thoroughly examine my teaching. And only then accept it, not merely out of respect for me. This point of view reveals a special quality of the Buddha”.
I respect all religious traditions. They are all of great value because they all teach compassion. However, only the Buddha asks us to examine his teachings in the way that a goldsmith tests the purity of the gold. Only the Buddha commends us to do that.
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(Information supplied by Tibet.net)
By Team TRC