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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Dalai Lama meets Tibetan students in Bylakuppe

September 7, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
September 3, 2010

Bylakuppe, Sep. 3 -- "You students are the young
generation of Tibet who will continue the legacy
of the older generation. It is essential to grow
up as a Tibetan with sound Tibetan culture and
values,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during
a meeting with the students of three Tibetan
schools here on his last day in the Tibetan settlement today.

Children and staff from the SOS TCV school,
Central School for Tibetans (CST) and Cauvery
Valley Project school (CVP) gathered at the TCV
school’s playground this morning to get a glimpse
and blessings of the Tibetan leader.

The Tibetan leader said that the establishment of
schools in India with assistance from the host
country was one of the most important steps taken
after being displaced by the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

"Tibetan Buddhism only is not enough. We would
have set up only monasteries if that had been the
case. Modern education is a significant
requirement. Separate schools for the Tibetans
were set up so that both Tibetan culture and
modern education can be taught," said the Dalai Lama.

Also present were several Tibetan college
students who the Tibetan leader said were in the
prime of their lives and should apply good
judgment in the choices they make in the different environments.

"Your young minds are at risk of distraction in
the new environmental set up of the cities. Do
not get carried away and distracted. You as
Tibetans have more responsibility than the
others. Contribute your efforts towards becoming
successful Tibetan individuals who can help the
Tibetan cause." the Dalai Lama added.

Speaking to the teachers and administrative staff
of the three schools, His Holiness made a special
mention to the Indian teachers thanking them for
educating the Tibetan students.

"Teachers should also look at imbibing virtues of
moral values and compassion in their teachings to
realize a more holistic upbringing of the students,” added the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness had some light moments with the
children numbering in thousands when he
challenged the children to beat him in saying the
mantra of Manjushri, the Buddhist god of wisdom,
om ara baza na di di at one go.

The Dalai Lama also visited Tashi Lhunpo and
Namdroling monasteries today before heading for Bangalore.
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