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'Expand knowledge, develop inner values'

January 17, 2009

The Times of India
15 Jan 2009
VARANASI: "The 21st century is most crucial and important for civilizations due to development of knowledge and mind. But, in the meantime we can also see people suffering due to violence, which is the greatest evil," said Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama, the Nobel peace laureate, was addressing the inaugural function of the three-day international conference on Buddhism and Science at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath on Thursday. "If we want to live in peace we have to follow the rule of co-existence," he said adding, "We are here to discuss Buddhism and Science. I wish that the conference should not merely be an affair of paper presentation but meaningful deliberations how to stop and eliminate the man made unnecessary problems."
Highlighting the importance of knowledge, he said, "We should expand our knowledge and bring some inner values. One should lead a peaceful life at all levels," he said.
In the beginning Dalai Lama also dedicated the new name of the institution Central University of Tibetan Studies on the occasion. The function began with the recital of mangalacharan in Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan languages by the students.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor Pgawang Samten welcomed the delegates and distinguished guests, and also presented a concept note of the conference. He said that Buddhism and science could shake hands and meet each other for sharing their perspectives and respective insights to the benefit of each others edification. The keynote address was delivered by B Alan Wallace from Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, US. Speaking on Buddhism and Science: Confrontation and Collaboration, he said that if Buddhism, as a tradition of knowledge is to maintain its credibility and efficacy in the modern world, it must engage with science.
Besides delegates, the inaugural function was also attended by distinguished guests like Prime Minister of Tibetan government in exile S Rinpoche and erstwhile king of Kashi Maharaja Anant Narayan Singh. Delegates from different parts of the country and abroad are taking part in the conference. The inaugural function was followed by thematic sessions on the concept of mind in Buddhism and modern sciences.
CIHTS Sarnath is now CUTS
The Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath, has now become the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS). Supreme Tibetan leader Dalai Lama dedicated the new name of the institution on Thursday.
The inception of CIHTS:
Following an exodus from Tibet in 1959 the Tibetan emigrants took political asylum in India. The CIHTS was established in 1967 with the efforts of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and India's first Prim Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
# To preserve the Tibetan culture and tradition.
# To preserve ancient Indian sciences and literature preserved in the Tibetan language, but lost in the original.
# To offer an alternate educational facility to students of Indian border areas who formerly availed the opportunity of receiving higher education in Tibet.
# To accomplish gains of teaching and scope of research in traditional subjects in a framework of the modern, university system of education with the provision for award of degrees in Tibetan studies.
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