Dalai Lama urges Tibetan youths to study Buddhist dialectics



Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has urged the younger generation of Tibetans to take more interest in Buddhism by “studying its teachings through the science of debate and reasoning”. He was addressing about 2,300 Tibetan school and college students at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamsala here yesterday.

“During my recent visits to the Indian states of Orrisa, Patna and Gujarat, I found many people are showing keen interest in Buddhism. I always tell the people who are interested in Buddhism to study it through Buddhist science, science of mind and Buddhist philosophy,” he said. “Buddhism can bring happiness in this and in the future if one wholeheartedly study and practice the Buddhist teachings”. he said. “We Tibetans should feel proud since the complete set of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teaching is available only in Tibetan language,” His Holiness said.

Prior to the teaching, two groups of avid students, including elderly Tibetans and foreigners, debated on Buddhist philosophy. They are part of a larger group of students who are being trained by the Buddhism Introductory Committee through conducting regular classes throughout the year. Praising the two groups, he underlined the importance of introducing the traditional methodology of Buddhist dialectics into the school curriculum. The two-day teaching is being attended by students from the Upper TCV, Mussoorie, Shimla, Dalhousie, Dehradun, Orissa, Sherab Gatsel Lobling in Dharamsala and 54 different colleges in India.

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