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Young monks hone skills in Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala

September 24, 2007

 From our ANI Correspondent

Dharamsala, Sept 23, 2007: Young Tibetans-in-exile undergo training in
the monasteries in Dharamsala to understand the nuances of the Tibetan
Buddhism.

With the day breaking at 5 a.m., the students follow a strict routine
throughout the day that includes chanting Buddhist mantras, listening
and reciting alphabet, and Buddhist dialectics.

The monks are taught in English, Tibetan, and other Indian and foreign
languages, including Chinese. There is no age-limit for monks to get
admitted in the monasteries.

"By learning responsibly what is taught then he or she can pursue it
(Tibetan Buddhism), and then take on the responsibility of the future of
Tibet," said Tsenlek, a student.

"We have just 13 classes in monastery. Debate classes are held to check
the students' aptitude. Then we see what they know about Tibetan
Buddhism," said Tenzin, a teacher.

The Dalai Lama and about 100,000 Tibetans have been living in exile in
Dharamsala since fleeing their predominantly Buddhist homeland in 1959
after a failed uprising against the Communist rule.

The Dalai Lama has set up over 200 monasteries in 54 different
settlements all over the world. More than 20,000 monks study Buddhism in
these monasteries every year.

An estimated 134,000 Tibetans live-in-exile, a majority of them in India
and Nepal.

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