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Dalai Lama stresses that education is worthless without compassion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama remains the spiritual leader of the Tibetans and other Buddhists worldwide who look towards him for guidance daily. Recently, during a visit to Los Angeles, the Dalai Lama has commented that education without compassion worthless, reported on Feb. 28, 2014. The Dalai Lama is presently on a three week US tour and he recently met with Tibetans living in Southern California.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama attends The Lourdes Foundation 'Leadership in the 21st Century' Event at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said he feels modern education is important for upbringing of a child, but he has commented, “However, education is not worthwhile if it is not accompanied by virtuous and compassionate mind.” He went on to say Tibetans must never forget their Tibetan roots wherever they live and whatever job they take up. He has encouraged Tibetans living in the free world to try to represent the aspirations of the Tibetans who are living under Chinese occupation and to be a voice for them.

The Dalai Lama also said Tibetan parents should encourage their kids to speak Tibetan at home in order to help preserve the Tibetan language. He noted that although the Tibetan language is not really helpful in learning modern academic subjects, it does however have a very significant contribution in imparting the great teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. He feels the ancient Buddhist texts remain relevant and helpful in today’s world. Even neuroscientists have been showing interest in Tibetan Buddhism for its relevance to modern science in dealing with meditation and other aspects of Buddhist religious practices. Therefore, the Dalai Lama thinks attention should be given to the ancient Buddhist texts not as just as part of some irrelevant religious subject, but also as being part of other important branches of study.

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