DHARAMSHALA: Thousands of Tibetans and devotees thronged the TCV basket ball ground, the venue for the final day of the three-day introductory teachings for Tibetan youths by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The final day of the teaching also included a Long Life Prayer offering (Tenshug) for His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the staff and students of Tibetan Children’s Village schools. Following the Tenshug offering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama bestowed an Avalokiteshvara Empowerment to the devotees.
Addressing the gathering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama urged the youth of the nation to work hard to achieve success. He said, “The younger generation has opportunity and the facilities to get things done, be it doing own things or serving for others.”
“We should take pride for being human beings and especially for being Tibetans, for Tibetans have rich Nalanda Tradition of Buddhism. Even though many of us have never been to Tibet but our ancestors have,” His Holiness noted.
“The fact that our ancestors have suffered a lot have not diminished the hopes of the present generation, and I believe our rich culture and tradition would not just disappear like that, so does our Tibetan language, thus we must feel pride for ourselves, ” he said.
His Holiness Dalai Lama further stressed on the need to blend modern and traditional education, and said, “One must have a combination of both modern education as well as traditional education. Since the beginning of the establishment of schools in exile, we have focused on modern education. But modern education alone is not enough, for it solely focuses on the materialistic development and helps only in physical comfort, it does not bring inner happiness. On the other side, Buddhist tradition aspect educates one’s psychology and mind. Thus we must have both traditional and modern education for an authentic growth of a human being just like a bird, who needs both of his wings to fly,” he ended.
Mr. Tsewang Yeshi, the President of TCV Schools, narrated the vote of thanks and expressed his profound appreciation and gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his blessing and his initiation to educate the Tibetan youth and for accepting the long life offering.