Telo Tulku Rinpoche: We decide what the coming year will be like

On January 30, 2022, the White Clouds Cultural Centre hosted the grand opening of the Days of Tibetan Culture, held by the Moscow Drepung Gomang Centre Foundation and the official delegation of the Drepung Gomang Monastery (India).

On the first day of the programme, the honorary representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS countries, the head of the Buddhists of Kalmykia, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, said that the monks would erect a sand mandala of Green Tara, and introduce Buddhist culture and philosophy to the residents of the Russian capital.

The representative of the Dalai Lama recalled the need to take precautions both of physical and mental health: “The pandemic encourages us to cultivate compassion, love and kindness, to take care of others.”

According to Telo Tulku Rinpoche, the erection of the Green Tara mandala will help to accumulate merit and contribute to the speedy end of the pandemic:

“Two years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama urged everyone to practice Green Tara as often as possible and to recite its mantra. However, despite the appeal of His Holiness, we unfortunately do not do these practices sufficiently.

During the two years of the pandemic, many of my friends have been ill, some of them have died. Last year, in August, I myself contracted the coronavirus. This disease is still killing people, the erection of the Green Tara mandala dedicated to a speedy end to the pandemic.”

Regarding forecasts for 2022, the head of the Buddhists of Kalmykia said that the future is in our hands, and we ourselves can influence the course of events: “I am an optimist. Many people ask me what the coming year will bring us, and I always answer that it will be good.

In 2020 and 2021, I argued that everything would turn out well. I am sure that the year 2022, which has just begun, will bring favourable events. After all, everything depends on how much we manage to transform our mind. Whether this year turns out to be good or bad, neither the government, nor the leadership, nor any organizations or funds decide. It is up to us to decide what the coming year will be like, and how seriously during this year we can work on the transformation of the mind.

Telo Tulku Rinpoche urged to believe in the best and always maintain a positive attitude: “In my experience, we absolutely need hope, optimism and faith. Without these three components, there is no moving forward, which means there is no future. By faith, I don't mean faith in God, Buddha, or higher powers. You need to respect yourself and believe in your own strength. Our future depends on how much we transform our minds. Therefore, I ask you never to lose hope, optimism and faith. Believe in yourself. We can make the world harmonious, safe and happy.”

According to the Supreme Lama of Kalmykia, when faced with difficulties, one should not think that other people's prayers will save us from all adversity or that someone else will deliver us from any misfortunes overnight: “Try to cultivate compassion, love and kindness. If you want to be happy, try to be happy. Work hard, believe in yourself. Believe that prayers and good motivation can unite us. Motivation is the most important thing."