Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said India has centuries old rich cultural heritage and a legacy of spiritual faith, peace and universal brotherhood.
Buddhism was born in India and with the hard work of numerous Indian and Tibetan spiritual masters like Marpa Lotsawa it spread worldwide, the CM said.

He said that in this materialistic world, people were aspiring for many things and losing their internal peace, so teachings of Lord Buddha and other spiritual leaders were more relevant today. Singh was speaking at the commemoration function of 1,000 birth anniversary of great spiritual leader and translator Marpa Lotsawa (1012-2012) and publication of complete scriptures printed by Palpung Printing House at Upper Bhattu in Baijnath today.

He said that due to concerted efforts of Buddhist scholars and practitioners the teachings of Lord Buddha had reached the pinnacle of the world.

"Celebration of 1,000 birth anniversary of Marpa Lotsawa was an important and significant event not only to his followers and disciples but to all who believes in moral values and wisdom," the CM said. Singh said that Tibetans were "respectable guest" in our country, adding that India is known for unity and integrity in diversity.

The 12th Chamyon Kenting Tai Situpa (Palpung Serabling Monastic Seat) said Guru Marpa was one of the eight pioneers of the practice lineages, the founder of the Kagyu tradition. Tai Situpa said that this way Marpa brought into Tibet the authoritative instructions transmitted from the Buddha to Mahayogi Tilopa and newly established Kagyu tradition known as the 'Kagyu Tradition of Guru Marpa.'

He said that Marpa work had immensely benefited the humanity and offered services to Dharma. Among those who attended the function are Vidya Stokes, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Sudhir Sharma, Urban Development Minister, MLAs Kishori Lal and Yadvinder Goma, T G Negi, Advisor to Chief Minister, J C Chauhan, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister, C Palrasu, Deputy Commissioner, Balbir Singh Thakur, Superintendent of Police and other senior officers were present among others.

Students of Palpung Riglam Kyedtsal School Sangha presented traditional dance and cultural programme on the occasion.


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