Leh, Ladakh, J&K — "What we need to do is take a more holistic approach to combine an education of the heart with an education of the mind," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said Monday morning, while participating in the opening ceremony of the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India.

Dharamshala — The human rights situation in Tibet, Eastern Turkistan, Hong Kong and China is at present the "worst for many years"; the British government 'Conservative Party Human Rights Commission' (CPHRC) says they are "deeply concerned" about an uncritical friendship with China.

Bylakuppe, Karnataka — Over thirty thousand devotees congregated at the Tashi Lhunpo in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, on January 1, at a ceremony to make a long-life offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The spiritual leader of Tibet, in turn, conferred a White Tara long-life empowerment to the gathering.