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Himalayan Regions have special responsibility to preserve Buddhism, says His Holiness

July 25, 2010

Jigme Tsering and Namgyal Tsewang
July 23, 2010

Nubra, Ladakh -- After presiding over a Buddhist
philosophical debate at a school in Ladakh
yesterday, His Holiness said it is right to
describe Buddhism as the precious gem of this
world in general, and as the symbol of Himalayan
regions in particular. Therefore, it is not only
the monks and nuns, but that of lay people's
responsibility to study the teachings of Buddha, he added.

Tibet has been undergoing great difficulties for
the last 60 years, said His Holiness, expressing
hope that the changes taking place in the world
in general and China in particular would
gradually bring positive change in Tibet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama reminded the people
of Himalayan regions of their bounden duties to
make use of the freedom and opportunity to study
and preserve Tibetan Buddhism, which he said is
passing through a difficult phase in Tibet.

Since the Tibetan Buddhism is a common religion
followed by both Tibetans and the people living
in Himalayan regions, the later should make great
efforts to preserve the whole set of teachings
and commentaries of Buddha and Nalanda masters, His Holiness said.

Monks debate on Buddhist philosophy during His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Samgon Jamtse Thosamling school in Ladakh
The debate was organised by Samgon Jamtse
Thosamling School in its effort to follow the
guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in
promoting Buddhist teachings. The participants
asked many questions during the debate which
focused on role of the people of Himalayan
regions in sustaining the rich Nalanda traditions
and how to become a genuine 21st century Buddhist.

In his address to the gathering, His Eminence the
Gaden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche spoke about the
remarkable life histories of His Holiness the
14th Dalai Lama and his predecessor, the Great 13th Dalai Lama.

There are presently 45 students at Samgon Jamtse
Thosamling School and those students completing
class VIII from this school are send to three
major learning centres of Tibetan Buddhism in
South India. Established in 1998, the school
imparts modern education like computer courses in
addition to classes on Buddhist dialectics.

The students took part in a debate on Buddhist
philosophy during visit His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's previous visit to the school in 2003.

Geshe Yeshi Gyaltsen, who teaches Buddhist
dialectics at the school, said: "in accordance to
advise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the
responsibility of preserving Buddhism in its
pristine form by the people of Himalayan regions,
the religious debate organised today was meant to
be followed in other schools in future.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed Samtenling
Monastery for Yarma Gonpo Monastery on 23 July.
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