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His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his teachings at TCV Upper Dharamshala, India. Photo: TPI/Dawa Phurbu

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Dharamshala -- The three day teaching held at Tibetan Children's Village (TCV), Upper Dharamshala that began on May 27 concluded today. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave blessings to TCV and a long-life offering ceremony was held for the Tibetan spiritual leader.

His Holiness said: "I'm teaching during your holidays, but the way you have decorated the school is really nice. I want to thank all the people, including monks and students, who have come to TCV from far away. I hope to see you next time I am at TCV. As young people, you have a big opportunity to contribute to society and you have the ability to do so. It is very important that you are not selfish."

"In the 21st century, Tibet has many problems, but there are a lot of Tibetans self-immolating who are proud and have faith in Tibet. Even under Chinese occupation, we have not lost Tibet. Education is very important. The first time we founded a school in exile our ambition was to mix modern and traditional education. If you only have a modern education, it's difficult to have a good wellbeing, because modern education is largely focused on material development. Material development offers human beings a good external life, but it doesn't develop the mind. The view of Buddhist psychology is to put others before yourself, which will bring you happiness. Therefore, the unification of modern education with traditional culture is very important," he added.

Dawa Tsering, a Member of the Tibetan Parliament, commented on the teaching: "Today is the last teaching, and His Holiness gave blessings to students and they gave a long-life offering prayer to His Holiness. 7,000 people came from around Dharamshala, including foreigners and students. His Holiness's comments on emptiness and compassion were very important. Also, students must understand that Tibetan Buddhism derives from Indian Buddhism, and that the two share many similarities."

"This teaching, which happens every year, is a chance for His Holiness to give to students. It is very important for students take this chance because many Chinese people spend lots of money to come from the mainland to hear his Holiness speak," he added

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