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City gets set to welcome Dalai Lama

January 16, 2008

16 Jan 2008, 0027 hrs IST,S D Desai ,TNN

AHMEDABAD: In words, action and attitude, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai
Lama, kindles memories of Mahatma Gandhi. Saying that Tibet’s "freedom
struggle is based on non-violence", the Nobel Peace Laureate (1989)
adds, "If we do not have truth on our side, we will have no alternative
but to keep suffering." His stress for freedom is on knowledge.
"Schools, even if set up by the Chinese," he says, "are good."

The presence of this towering Tibetan leader, who combines spiritual and
temporal powers, at Darpana Academy’s annual festival for non-violence
assumes significance. In exile, he has been in India since 1959. There
will be opportunities of listening to him at two places as part of the
festival. His public talk will be at Indian Institute of Management
(2.00 pm, January 18) and at Gujarat Vidyapeeth (3.30 pm, January 19).

Jointly organized, on Alliance Francaise’s director Annick Chandra
Pele’s idea, by Darpana and Kanoria Centre for Arts, the Tibetan
Festival brings to Ahmedabad a Tibetan dance and music performance, four
noteworthy films, including ‘Compassion in Exile’, a Thangka paintings
exhibition-cum-workshop, a rare opportunity, as well as photo
exhibitions ‘A Long Look Homeward’ and ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama’.
Besides, there will be authentic lectures on ‘Tibetan Medicine’,
‘Tibetan History’ and ‘Science and Buddhism’.

In short, glimpses of the rich culture of snow-capped Tibet, the
beautiful land of the followers of Buddhism, can be had at the festival
during the week (January 16 to 20). Underlying the images of this
ancient culture is its struggle today to survive. "We are a nation," the
Dalai Lama once observed, "with an ancient culture, which now faces the
threat of extinction."
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