By Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, HH Dalai Lama XIV.

Account of his nine 12 months fight, as Tibet's temporal and non secular chief, to maintain a few degree of independence for his kingdom after the chinese language Communists invaded in 1950.

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My religious education in dialectical discussion did not be­ gin in earnest till I was twelve. At first it was not very easy, because I felt again a certain mental resistance, more intense than the similar experience six years earlier. But soon the diffi­ culties disappeared, and the subjects became most agreeable. I had to study and learn by heart the treatises on the “ higher subjects,” and take part in discussions of them, at times de­ bating with the most learned scholars. began on the Prajnaparamita (the Perfection of Wisdom).

The idea of being tied down to books and the company of teachers was not very' interesting. However, I found myself doing my les­ sons to my teachers’ satisfaction, and as I got used to the strict course of study, they began to mark my progress as rather unusually rapid. There are four different forms of Tibetan script. For the 46 M Y L A ND AND M Y P E O P L E first two years, I learned from my Senior and Junior Tutors to read the form which is used for printing—it is known as Uchhen. At the same time I learned a verse from the scrip­ tures by heart every day and spent another hour in reading the scriptures.

At the same time my training in the art of dialectical argument began with elementary logic. Seven learned scholars from the seven monastic colleges of the Drepung, Sera, and Gaden monas­ teries were selected to help me for this purpose. When I was just over thirteen, in the eighth month of the Fire Hog Year, I was formally admitted to the two large monasteries of Drepung and Sera. On this occasion, I had to attend congregational debates at the five monastic colleges of these two monasteries. This was the first time I had taken part in public dialectical discussions on the Great Treatises, and naturally I felt shy, excited, and a little worried.

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