In this June 7, 2012 photo, a Tibetan Buddhist monk smacks his hands during a discussion at an educational complex in Sarah, India. Isolated for centuries atop the high Himalayan plateau, and refusing... more 
In this June 7, 2012 photo, a Tibetan Buddhist monk smacks his hands during a discussion at an educational complex in Sarah, India. Isolated for centuries atop the high Himalayan plateau, and refusing entry to nearly all outsiders, Tibet long saw little of value in modernity. Education was almost completely limited to monastic schools. Magic and mysticism were - and are - important parts of life to many people. New technologies were something to be feared: Eyeglasses were largely forbidden until well into the twentieth centuries. But not anymore. Pushed by the Dalai Lama, who has became a fierce proponent of modern schooling, a series of programs were created in exile to teach scientific education to monks, the traditional core of Tibetan culture. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Altaf Qadri
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 11:07 AM EDT