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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Returns to Dharamsala

July 29, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
July 28, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
returned to Dharamsala today from Ladakh after
concluding an eight-day visit to Buddhist
monasteries and schools in the region's picturesque Nubra Valley.

A group of senior monastic officials and
representatives of local administration,
including Thiksey Rinpoche, Chogon Rinpoche,
Tseten Namgyal, MLA, deputy commissioner,
president of Ladakh Buddhist Association and
executive councilor, Nubra, were present at the
Thoise Airbase to see off His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"I am very happy that my programme here went on
successfully and hope to visit again in future,"
His Holiness said before boarding the plane at 8:30 am this morning.

On the final day of his visit to Disket Monastery
yesterday, His Holiness gave discourse on Lamtso
Namsum to around 15,000 devotees.

His Holiness also gave a separate audience to
around 500 foreigners. In his brief address, His
Holiness told them to follow their own ancestral
religion and at the same time learn from other
traditions. He spoke on his commitments in
promoting positive human values and inter-faith harmony.

In the afternoon, His Holiness inaugurated a
eco-friendly solar building at Lamdon Model
Primary School. The building will raise the room
temperature to 17 centigrade during freezing
winter when the mercury drops to -40 degree. The
project was funded by a France-based
organisation. The school has a total strength of
300 students.  In his address, His Holiness
underlined the importance of learning both
traditional and modern education in order to get
inner happiness and material development. He
emphasised the need to put into practice what he
has preached from the teachings of Buddha and other learned Buddhist masters.

His Holiness was later invited as a guest at a
public talk by five Buddhist scholars jointly
organised by Nalanda and Atisha Buddhist
Associations. The Nalanda Buddhist Association,
which was established on 3 June 2005, works
towards introducing Buddhism to youths by
conducting regular classes every Sunday.  The
Atisha Buddhist Association was set up in 1988
with the aim to teach key set of Buddhist texts
to the local people in colloquial language.

Nubra Valley is called by locals as "Dumra"
(meaning garden in Tibetan) as the vast expanse
of land is adorned with beautiful flowers. The
region, which has a total population of around
15,000, is known for its harmony between the Buddhist and Muslim communities.

--With additional reporting by Jigme Tsering and
Namgyal Tsewang of Tibetonline TV

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