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8 march 2012 002DHARAMSHALA: Tibetans, both in and outside Tibet representing Bawa region of Tibet's traditional province of Kham, offered long life prayers (Tenshug) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala yesterday.

Thanking the Bawa Tibetan community for organising the Tenshug ceremony, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said the small region of Bawa has produced many learned Buddhist scholars, including renowned senior masters like Pema Gyaltsen and Nyima Gyaltsen. His Holiness said he had the opportunity to receive many teachings from these two masters.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said many important political figures have also evolved from Kham province such as Bawa Phuntsok Wangyal, Bawa Tashi Tsering and Yangling Dorje. His Holiness recounted his relationship with Bawa Phuntsok Wangyal, a Tibetan communist official, and described him as one of the great nationalists.

His Holiness also mentioned about a book written by Tibetan communist official Yangling Dorje after the rise of Zhao Ziyang to the Chinese leadership. "It was a remarkable book. Had the Chinese government implemented the recommendations of Yangling Dorje, the current unrest in Tibet would not have occurred at all. There was hope for a positive outcome, but it was thwarted by hardline stand of a Chinese leader at that time. As a result, even today the Chinese government is unable to cope with the situation in Tibet. As for Tibetans, we have been undergoing suffering for many years. So, people like Yangling Dorje are endowed with remarkable determination and intelligence," His Holiness said.

His Holiness lauded those Tibetans from Bawa who have made great service for both spiritual and political cause of Tibet.

Similarly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, the present and future generations of Bawa must make great efforts in education, develop sincerity and courage to work for the cause of Tibet.

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