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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Inaugurates a Tibetan Language Newspaper

August 23, 2010

Kelsang Khedup, Editor-in-Chief of Sheja
Central TIbetan Administration
August 21, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
yesterday inaugurated a Tibetan language
newspaper before giving public teaching at a
monastery in Jispa, a remote region in the
northwest Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

The first edition of "The Bhoti" was published on
18 August. The newspaper aims to keep readers in
the Himalayan regions of Spiti, Kinnaur, Dholpo,
Ladakh, Tawang, Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan,
informed about their language, religion and
culture. Readers can learn about monasteries and
antiquities, handicrafts, landscapes and produces
of the Himalayan region. Other interesting
features of the paper are informations on visits
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, religious
festivals, epic stories, astrology, health and performing arts.

Expressing his appreciation of a Tibetan language
newspaper, His Holiness said it would help in the
education of the local people and give fillip to
their interest to read and learn Tibetan
language. The paper could be more interesting
medium of learning Tibetan for those who might be
bored in reading scriptures.  Besides, they could
learn many things from the newspaper, His Holiness said.

His Holiness emphasised that the newspaper should
not give bias reports. Instead of giving a
one-sided view, it is of paramount importance to
report after looking into the whole issue.

His Holiness said instead of posting daily news
reports, efforts should be made to educate the
public through the paper. He said the paper
should write correct reports on matters of
malpractices by politicians, religious figures and businessmen in the society.

His Holiness said he always to use to tell
journalists to have long nose like that of an
elephant, to be able to smell both what is in
front and the back to give clear information to
the general public. It is very important to first
understand the issues properly to educate the
public in discerning right from wrong.

"During my meetings with the Chinese people, I
always tell them that all the 1.3 billion Chinese
have the right to know the truth about any issue
so that they can distinguish good from bad.
Therefore, I always tell them that it is not
right to censor the media and project a
exaggerated account of one-sided view," His Holiness said.

His Holiness also released the memoir of Dr
Chagri Tashi Tsering, who was born in Jispa and
learned traditional Tibetan medicine in Tibet.

Following the book release, His Holiness gave
teachings at Druk Choekhor Monastery to over
4,000 Buddhist devotees, which include people
from Russia, Italy, Vietnam, Korea and China.
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