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

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THE MASTER COOK

“When I was very young. I was very fond of the master cook. I loved him so much I always wanted to be with him, even if this meant just being able to see the hem of his gown below the curtains, which serves as room partitions in Tibetan houses. Luckily he tolerated my behaviour. He was virtually bald, very gentle and simple. He was not a very good storyteller, and he did not like to play much, but these things did not matter at all. Since then, I have often wondered about the nature of our relationship. Sometimes I think that food is an essential ingredient in every type of relationship between living beings” – His Holiness Dalai Lama

(P.g. 17, The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace)