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Kalon Tripa Inaugurates Prayer Halls at Sera Jey Monastery School

August 27, 2010

Based on report filed by Drubgyue Nyima, Reporter, Tibetan Freedom
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 25, 2010

Bylakuppe -- After inaugurating two newly built
prayer halls of the Tibetan Secondary School at
Sera Jey Monastery, Kalon Tripa Prof Samdong
Rinpoche said "the school must include courses on
Buddhist treatises in its curriculum".

"In addition to courses on social studies and
science, there must be facilities for the
students to study key texts of Buddhist studies,"
Kalon Tripa told a gathering of over 700
consisting mainly of monastic officials, faculty members and students.

"In Tibet, children in your same age group do not
get the opportunity for proper education. Even if
some of the children do have access to education,
they are taught only modern subjects through
Chinese language as the medium of instruction and
denied any opportunity to study Buddhist
philosophy," Kalon Tripa told students at the
function. "Therefore, the students studying here
should not squander their opportunity. Moreover,
the study Buddhist philosophy through listening,
thinking and meditating could not be put into
practice without a thorough learning of its
practical and theoretical aspects," he added.

There was a question and answer session following Kalon Tripa's address.

Earlier the function began with the inauguration
of a statue of Buddha and portrait of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in the prayer hall. Khen
Rinpoche Acharya Geshe Lobsang Palden gave the welcome address.

The school has 40 faculty members and 630
students. It is the first school administered by
a monastery under the recognition of the Central
Tibetan Schools Administration. The school takes
part in the CBSE class 10 board examination.

Sera Jey Monastery is one of the three main
monastic institutes of Gelug (Lama Tsong Khapa)
tradition founded in early 15th century in Tibet .

It was reestablished at Bylakuppe in South India
in 1970, following the occupation of Tibet by the
People's Republic of China and destruction of
monasteries and persecution of monks.

It is recognised to be one of the largest
monastic institutes and learning center of
traditional Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism in exile.
It has a total of 3800 monks, out of which 2700
are undergoing monastic courses and the remaining
550 novice monks are learning basic Buddhist studies.

* Based on report filed by Drubgyue Nyima, Reporter, Tibetan Freedom
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