The Dalai Lama gave a public teaching at Likir (Klu-‘khyil) monastery 50 kilometers from Leh, Ladakh, north India on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The Dalai Lama began the teaching with the oral transmission of “Praise to 17 Nalanda Pandits” composed by himself in December 2001, and concluded the teaching with the oral transmission of “Praise to Dependent Origination” composed by Tsongkhapa.
The Dalai Lama stressed on the study of Madhyamika philosophy to have the understanding of concept of Sunyata. “Without the understanding the concept of Sunyata, Dzogchen of Nyingma, Chagchen of Kagyu, Lamdre of Sakya are meaningless. Therefore it is extremely important to study Madhyamika,” says the Dalai Lama.
Around 100,000 people mainly from lower Ladakh, Tibetans and foreigners who have come for the Kalacakra Teaching, and people from different parts of the Himalayan region have attended the teaching.
Likir monastery was built during the rule of King Lhachen Gyalpo (1050-80 A.D.) prince of Lhachen Jangchub Sempa (1020-50)