His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited the Kala Wangpo Convention Hall to speak on Buddhist Philosophy and its relevance in the modern times. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and other dignitaries accompanied him.
Expressing his attachment with the Mon region, The Karmapa said that he had been attempting to visit the region for the last 16 years. He thanked the Government of India, Home Ministry and the Chief Minister for actualizing his first visit to the region.
Delivering his sermon to an audience comprising of students, civil servants, government officials and elders, His Holiness spoke on the importance of taking refuge in triple gem ie the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. He also stressed on the importance of ‘faith based on reasoning and rationality.
Referring to the law of dependent origination, His Holiness highlighted on the importance of self and the others. He emphasized that ultimate happiness depends on all other sentient beings and also urged to protect the environment.
The spiritual sermon was followed by an interactive session where questions were asked on the relevance of Buddhist philosophy in modern days, materialism, difference between four sects of Tibetan Buddhism and on possibilities for reincarnation of Lord Buddha himself.
The Karmapa earlier launched the website of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs and paid tribute to its department founder, 13th Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. His Holiness also paid tribute to late former Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu.