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Tibetan Spirit of Unity and Non-violence Wins Hearts in Ahmedabad

January 24, 2008

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Ahmedabad: The dazzling display of Tibet?s unique identity and rich
cultural heritage during the last five days in Ahmedabad, which has won
hearts of visitors concluded yesterday on a blend of spiritual and
festive note.

Speaking on the concluding day of the Tibetan festival for non-violence,
Geshe Lhakdor, director of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives,
explained the similarities between science and Buddhism.

He said, ?Buddhism and science compliment each other. Buddhism can
provide the ethical basis for science community. ?Science was open to
enunciation of better theories and was not limited within the
peripheries of nations? he added,

Underlining the need for an individual to think of spiritual development
rather tilting towards accrual of material benefits, he said, ?Through
science, we can meet some of our physical necessities. However, to what
extend we are happier and more peaceful can only be gauged through
spiritual introspection. And we are busy only with the external
construction, thus ignoring the inner physical construction.?

On exploring the inner reality, Geshe Lhakdor said, ?How many of us are
exploring inner reality? The essence to living good lies in positive
outlook towards life. And Buddhism exemplifies this positive aspect as
it is a way of life that is in harmony with law of nature.?

Following the talk, artists from Thangtong Lugar Tibetan performing Arts
led by its Director Phuntsok Tsering entertained a packed Amphitheatre
at Natarani with colourful traditional Tibetan songs and dances.

The festival of Tibet was an initiative of the Department of Information
and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration,
Alliance d?Francaise, Kanoria Centre for Arts, and Darpana Academy.

During the entire festival - visitors thronged both the venues - the
Kanoria Centre for Arts and Darpana Academy to experience every aspects
of Tibet, which came alive in the city.

The programme included Photo exhibition on the life of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, Tibet?s rich history and culture, the Tibetan people and the
struggle for Tibet, thangka paintings from Norbulingka Institute and
free medical camp by the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute.

At Natarani cafe, visitors reveled the delicacies of different Tibetan
cuisine and Hollywood films such as The Cup, 7 Years in Tibet and Kundun.

Lecture series by some eminent resource persons including Claude Arpi,
Geshe Lhakdor, Dr Pema Dorjee spoke on topics ranging from first foreign
travelers to Tibet, Tibetan history, science and Buddhism.

The highlight of the five-day festival is the visit of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama to the city. His Holiness delivered lectures on Business and
Ethics at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and spoke on
?Globalisation and World Peace? at Gujarat Vidyapith University.

His Holiness also paid visits to the exhibitions at Kanroria Centre for
Arts and Darpana Academy. His Holiness? visit culminated in wide media
coverage on all aspects of Tibet.
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