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Mevon Peton School students hold open dialogue with Kalon Tripa

July 2, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
June 30, 2010

Dharamshala -- Mevon Peton School students held
an open dialogue with the Kalon Tripa Prof.
Samdhong Rinpoche on Saturday, 26th June in their
school near Lower Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharamsala.

Kalon Tripa in simple terms explained the "three
trainings of the mind" to the students of sixth
and seventh standards. The students asked
questions ranging from the hot topic of election
of next Kalon Tripa to environment issues to women's power.

Students of 10 to 13 years old asked questions
regarding Kyigudo earthquake relief and if aid
was received from the PRC government.

A girl named Ngawag Wangmo asked, -- Why is
Tibetan language very important?." Kalon Tripa
said because Tibetan language has originated from
Sanskrit, Tibetan Buddhism from the Nalanda
tradition can be studied through Tibetan
language. The Tibetan language has the largest
body of literature and is a rich language. For
the identity of the Tibetan people Tibetan language is very important.

"Tibetan culture based on the Buddha's teaching
has an enormous power to benefit the world, added  Kalon Tripa.

One of the last questions was -- Why there is
direct relation between greed and environment?"
For this question Kalon Tripa replied by quoting
Mahatma Gandhi's saying that human need can be
fulfilled by the earth but not our greed. Kalon
Tripa explained the reasons why human greed
causes deterioration of the earth and living beings.

For two hours this dialogue went on. There were
67 students. This is the third visit of Kalon
Tripa to have an open dialogue with the students of Mevon Peton school.

Mevon Peton School is the model school based on
the Basic Education Policy, unanimously endorsed
by the 13th Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies
in 2004. This school was first opened on 10 October 2005.
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