A four-day discourse by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is currently underway at the Gyuto Tantric monastery near Dharamsala town.
Teachings on the 'Three Principal Aspects of the Path', 'The Concise Stages of the Path' and 'Praise to Dependent Arising by Je Tsongkhapa' are considered highest 'Tantric' teachings. 'Tantra' forms the core of Tibetan Buddhism (Vajaryana) and bears resemblance to Tantra in Hinduism. Over 5,000 people, including monks, nuns and Tibetans, are attending the discourse.
In his introductory remarks on commencement of the teachings on Sunday, the Dalai Lama talked about sustaining the essence of Buddhism, non-violence, interdependency and the need to foster kinship among various religious traditions.
Speaking on the essence of Buddhism, he emphasised on the importance of moving with the times and becoming a 21st-century Buddhist.
"Today, Buddhists are able to come out into the world and interact with people. We need to be more informed about what is going on in such a world," said the spiritual leader, who reaffirmed the need to approach world affairs with the same unbiased attitude with which Buddhists should approach their religion.
He described teachings of Buddha as the source of light which helped dispel the darkness of ignorance in sentient beings.
Concerned over the scourge of violence happening across the world in the name of religion, the Nobel Peace Laureate described the situation very confusing: "All religions preach love and compassion. Ignorance is the root-cause of all trouble." He blamed human greed and lack of empathy for the rising violence.