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Kalon Tsering Phuntsok Honours Students at Sera Jey University's Convocation

August 31, 2010

Drubgyue Nyima
Editing by Lobsang Choedak)
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 30, 2010

Bylakuppe: The 15th annual convocation of Sera
Jey University for Advanced Buddhist Studies and
Practice was held on 28 August 2010 on the
momentous confluence of the 75th birthday of
Holiness the Dalai Lama, the golden jubilee of
Tibetan democracy in exile and the first National
General of Tibetans in Bylakuppe.

It is an academic ceremony held for students
completing the Madhyamika (Uma) and Prajna
Paramita (pharchin), two of the five main
courses, after several years of studying and
understanding the vast treasure of knowledge and wisdom.

Around 3,500 people, including top officials of
the Central Tibetan Administration, Jangtse
Cheoje Losang Tenzin Rinpoche, representatives of
schools of Tibetan Buddhism and students, attended the convocation.

The abbot of Sera Jey Monastery, Khen Rinpoche
Lobsang Palden gave the introductory address,
following which the names of the graduate students were announced.

Kalon for the department of religion and culture,
Kalon Tsering Phuntsok, presented merit certificates to 166 graduate students.

Ven Gendun Soepa of Hordong Khangtsen topped the merit lists.

Addressing the gathering, Kalon Tripa said
remembering the monastic community's poor living
conditions at Buxa Duar brings poignant memories,
but we feel happy to see the changes of progress taking place now.

He said the main objective of learning Madhyamika
and Prajna Paramita studies is to achieve a
standard learning of the major treatises of the Buddhist teachings.

Reiterating His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice,
Kalon Tsering Phuntsok called for efforts to become 21st century Buddhists.

Certificates were conferred on those students of
the monastery's secondary school who achieved
distinction in the All India Secondary School
Examination Certificates. The students were
honoured by Education Kalon Thubten Lungrig.
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