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17aug20101Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning delivered a discourse entitled The Bodhisattva's Development of the Heart to around 3,000 Buddhist followers at Dhakpo Shedrup Ling monastery in Kais, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

The teachings were attended by devotees from the local community and around the world. Dhakpo Rinpoche, the head of the monastery, made offerings to His Holiness.

In the afternoon, His Holiness visited the Tibetan Vocational Training Centre, a branch of Tibetan Children's Village School, at Patlikul. He addressed students and teachers on the topics of the good characteristics of Tibetans, world peace and the importance of education.

"Thanks to ancient Buddhism and its culture, we Tibetans have pleasant character, warm heart and smiling face in the eyes of others, including Chinese," His Holiness said. "These are really helpful in our daily lives and essential for the harmony of community."

Speaking on world peace and non-violence, His Holiness said, "It is not enough to just say, 'Stop violence! World needs peace!' Basically [we]should be non-violent at heart". He also reiterated the Buddhist viewpoint that "all living beings have been our mothers in our countless past lives, and so stop harming others, including insects."

His Holiness concluded his speech by pointing out the importance of modern education and urged students to engage with contemporary knowledge, saying, "Due to our lack of modern education, Chinese look down [on] us as backward and stupid. Therefore, it is very important for us to gain modern knowledge with full attention."

His Holiness will proceed to Jispa to deliver the Heruka initiation and will give teachings from August 19-22.