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2013-05-16-Madison-N01Dharamshala: - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet met with a group of Chinese and Tibetan students during his visit to Madison, United States.

His Holiness met with 51 Chinese students, 13 Chinese Professors, 15 Chinese and 13 Taiwanese scholars from Madison and Chicago. In a friendly conversation, His Holiness spoke of the potential benefits to Tibetans of being part of the People's Republic of China, but also reiterated the determination of the Tibetan people to preserve the Tibetan language, religion and culture.

He recalled his experiences while visiting China in 1954-55 and his meetings with Mao Zedong and other members of China's leadership.

Later, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with a group of Tibetan students. Speaking in Tibetan, he stressed the importance of the Tibetan language, religion and culture, while also stating that "Tibetan Buddhism contains the most thorough and comprehensive presentation of Buddhist thought in the world".

The spiritual leader also said that the heritage of Nalanda University, an ancient Indian centre of learning, established in the 5th century, was now only available in Tibetan.

He told the students that the dialectical method, which was developed in India, but maintained in Tibet, had enabled him to follow and understand the findings of modern scientists and discuss such findings with them, despite him having no modern education. The method's sharp logic and reasoned approach could be applied to other areas of study, he suggested.

His Holiness emphasised how Tibet's language, religion and culture had been the historically unifying factor, ever since the powerful Tibetan nation of the 7th, 8th and 9th centuries fragmented.

His Holiness explained the background and ethos of the Middle Way Approach and how it involved careful thought at every stage. The Middle Way Approach has attracted international support, ever since it was propounded by His Holiness. He concluded by stressing that he had retired from political responsibility and that it was due to a moral responsibility, that he was explaining these things.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama also addressed an audience at the Alliant Energy Centre in Madison. In a two and a half hour session, he spoke of the importance of education, stressing that "the cause of all suffering- ignorance could be removed by education and self awareness" and that "self centeredness created fear and that it was fear that created anger".

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