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All Religions Have Same Potential To Promote Harmony'

September 7, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 5, 2010

Dharamshala -- In his keynote address at the 33rd
World Congress of the International Association
for Religious Freedom in Kochi on Saturday, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama called for complete
freedom to practice different religions,
emphasising that all the religious traditions
profess the same message of positive human values, PTI reported.

There may be differences in the philosophies and
traditions of different religions be it Hinduism,
Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism,
but they all profess the same message of love,
compassion, tolerance and contentment and there
is need to respect all religions, he said.

"Keep faith in once own religion, but respect all
religious tradition," he said. “Some manipulate
religious faith. It is very sad." he added.

Describing the 21st century as a century of
dialogue, His Holiness underscored the need for
dialogue between religions to promote harmony.

He said people are taking interest in Russia and
China now. "Outwardly they may be atheist,
inwardly they are religious," he said adding that
in western countries also scientists were now showing interest in spirituality.

Negligence and exploitation of mineral resources
around the world have caused disasters in the
form of floods and drought in Pakistan, some
parts of Africa, China, Tibet and Ladakh. “There
is need to develop sense of global responsibility towards our planet, he said.

Later at an interactive session, His Holiness was
asked by a women delegate if he saw a special
role for women in this century of dialogue. “'No
doubt about that. Biologically women have greater
potential for compassion and love. Even when
fathers disappear, mothers take care. Therefore
women should take more active role,” he replied.

Replying to another query, he said in modern
education, more attention is being paid to
knowledge and brain development. But there is
need to introduce ethics in the education system to make it more wholistic.

Earlier in the morning, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama was accorded a warm welcome by hundreds of
Tibetans and well-wishers on his arrival at
Kochi, located in the south Indian state of Kerala.

At the venue of the World Congress of the
International Association for Religious Freedom,
His Holiness was accorded a traditional
reception. The programmes at the venue started
with a performance by the members of Japan Yoga Association.

The prayers of 12 religions were chanted prior to
the beginning of the programme.
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