ON MY STUDIES

This is an excerpt from the book ‘The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace.’

‘My life was strictly regulated. I studied twice a day, for one hour each time, and spent the rest of the day playing. Then, at the age of 13, I was obliged to do the same studies as any monk preparing for a doctorate in Buddhism. There were 10 subject areas, of which the five “higher” subjects are: the art of healing, Sanskrit, dialectics, arts and crafts, and the philosophy of religion. The five secondary subjects are poetry, astrology, dramatic arts, literary style, and language studies. My studies were not well balanced and did not meet the training needs of anyone who was to become a national leader in the 20th century. They were based on routine, but I got used to it. Occasionally I would have holidays, and they were happy times. Lobsang Samten, my older brother, would come to visit me. Sometimes my mother would also come and bring me a loaf of the thick delicious bread that is a specialty of Amdo province. She would bake it herself.’

Page 19 / The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace / HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA

Advertisements

Any thoughts sparked? Comment below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s