May 9th 2013
Portland, Oregon, USA 8 May 2013 – Shortly after arriving in Portland today, having flown from one side of the United States to the other, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met staff and Tibetans students participating in the Global Leadership Initiative. He recalled that as early as the time of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, there had been efforts to introduce modern education in Tibet. . . .
Speaking to the Tibetan students in their mother tongue, he said:
“I would like to remind you that we have our own system of writing that is the most suitable language available today for expressing Buddhist ideas. When anyone wants to investigate Buddhist thought today, Tibetan is the best means through which to do it. The heritage of Nalanda University, the culture and knowledge it upheld as a centre of learning, are now only available in Tibetan
“We may regret that the tragedy that befell Tibet was attributable to our lack of modern education, but as far as Buddhist science, logic and epistemology are concerned, they are presently only to be found in Tibetan. We are thus the custodians of a world treasure. Now, in addition, we need to produce specialised scholars who study up to PhD level and beyond. We may not need space technology, but there are many other aspects of knowledge and technology that would be of help to us. “