The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi will read comments to ‘Lotus Sutra’ in Kalmykia


Dear pilgrims!

From 13 to 16 April the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi will read comments to ‘Lotus Sutra’ in the Elista, capital of the Republic of Kalmykia.

The Lotus Sutra presents itself as a discourse delivered by the Buddha toward the end of His life. The tradition in Mahayana states that the sutra was written down at the time of the Buddha and stored for five hundred years in a realm of snake gods (nagas). After this they were reintroduced into the human realm at the time of the Fourth Buddhist Council in Kashmir. The sutra’s teachings purport to be of a higher order than those contained in the agamas of the Sutra Piṭaka, and that humanity had been unable to understand the sutra at the time of the Buddha, and thus the teaching had to be held back.

Tenzin Priyadarshi (The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi) is the Founding Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also serves as the founding President of the Prajnopaya Foundation, a worldwide humanitarian organization.

Elista, Republic of Kalmykia

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