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His Holiness: News Should Be Reported Truthfully

August 23, 2010

Yangsham & Matthew
The Tibet Post International (TPI)
August 22, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama this
morning urged journalists to be truthful and unbiased in their reporting.

Speaking in Jispa, Lahaul and Spiti district of
Himachal Pradesh, north India, he said, "Like
elephant's nose, journalists should be active
enough to see all the perspectives".

His Holiness made his comments after conducting
the Avalokiteshvara empowerment ritual. He
proceeded to discuss the lack of press freedom in
China, saying, "1.3 billion Chinese people have
the right to know the factual news taking place in this world."

His Holiness advised local Buddhist followers to
strive to understand the meaning of Buddhism,
saying, "Despite of man and woman from lay
society, it is very important to debate about
Buddhism and improve the understanding of it."

He also praised the teaching of Tibetan language
in the newly established school near Ka-lacakra
temple in Jispa, and promised to offer both
Tengyur and Tanjur (The Tibetan Buddhist canon) to the local monastery.

On the subject of animal sacrifice, His Holiness
urged fellow Buddhists to take refuge in Lord
Buddha instead of mountain deities, saying, "If
you are a Buddhist, it is absolutely wrong to do
animal sacrificing to the mountain deities.
Mountain deities, like us, haven’t overcome the
afflictions, therefore shouldn’t be the object of
refuge. Our true protector and object of refuge is Lord Buddha."

He concluded the lecture by advising local people
not indulge in drinking or smoking, for the sake of their health.

Continuing his teaching tour, His Holiness will
speak on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's 37 Practices of
A Boddhisattva (Tibetan: Laklen Sodunma) in Manali on August 22.
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