Phayul[Sunday, April 05, 2009 23:21] by Phurbu Thinley
Dharamsala, April 5: Describing India as an abode of spirituality, the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama Sunday urged India to be at the forefront of a renewed global movement for peace and non-violence.
“India has great potential to bring or to educate the rest of the world on non-violence and compassion,” The Dalai Lama said.
The Dalai Lama emphasized that building "genuine peaceful world and compassion world” should be the target and goal of world spiritual leaders.
“So here India can make tremendous contribution. And I think India should lead worldwide movement promoting non-violence and peace,” the Dalai Lama said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the opening session of “The Indian View for Global Peace” conference at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India, April, 5, 2009. Also seen in the photo are industrialist Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi (L), H.H. Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj (2nd from R) and H.H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (R). (Photo: Tenzin Dasel/Phayul)
“India (for) thousands of years you have very rich tradition. World need that,” he said.
“In ancient time world remain isolated, doesn’t matter. Today, the whole world; look now (at) the global economic crisis, very clear, also environmental issues, is interconnected,” he added.
“So, therefore, we have to look at the world just as one entity - just as one human group – that’s all,” he said.
The Dalai Lama also described India as a land of religious tolerance and urged its spiritual leaders to take a lead in further promoting religious tolerance in the world.
“The world in reality is multi-religious and multi-cultural. So we really need India’s tradition of religious tolerance,” he said.
“I think, here (in religious tolerance) you are the only people who have thousand years experience. And still this tradition is very much alive,” he said.
“So morally and practically it is your responsibility. So I often tell I am just a messenger, and nothing special. I learn these things from India.
“So as a messenger I make every effort to promote to create awareness about these things.
“That means you (Indians) are my boss - our Guru traditionally. So now when messenger is making serious effort, boss must also work more now,” the Dalai Lama said to a loud applause from the fellow participants.
He urged fellow religious leaders to work from both religious and non-religious ways, which he calls secular ethics, to promote peace and non-violence.
The Dalai Lama was speaking at the inaugural session of a day long “India View for Global Peace” conference, themed: “Reciprocity: Base for universal Interconnectedness”.
The Tibetan leader was joined by eminent religious leaders from various religious faiths.
Among others, the conference was participated by His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj of Bhanpura Peeth, His eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Holiness Chidanand Saraswati, Jain Muni Acharya Sri Roopchandra ji, Rev. D S Uchida and His Holiness Swami Parmanand Saraswati.
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi of India Splendor, which is organizing the event, presided over the conference. Dr. Modi, an Indian industrialist, is also one of the patrons of Mahabodhi Society of India.
Dr Modi, on behalf of the peace conference, appealed the Dalai Lama to accept the Indian citizenship and to help lead the global movement for peace from India.
The event is sponsored by Purna Holistic Center, Indian Council of Religious Leaders, Mahabodhi Society of India, Sri Jwalamukhi Mandir Trust, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vaish Federation, Parmarth Niketan, Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association and Jyotimarth avantar Bhanpura Peeth.
At the ceremony, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was conferred with the third India Splendor Award 2009 for his "contribution to world peace."
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