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I can't say Buddhism is the best religion: Dalai Lama

January 18, 2010

January 16, 2010

Sharique N Siddiquie

Vadodara: His Holiness the Dalai Lama is known for his wisdom and witty
remarks so no one was surprised when he declared on Friday that he cannot
say that Buddhism is the best religion.

Speaking at International Convention on Buddhism in Vadodara, the 14th Dalai
Lama of Tibet said, "We cannot say that one religion is best. I am a
Buddhist but I can't say Buddhism is the best religion. It depends on a
person's perception that what is best for him."

He further added that, "We should respect all religions. India is a secular
country where all the religions are equally respected."

In a very witty remark, Dalai Lama said, "Mr Modi (Mahabodhi Society of
India Patron Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi) told me that Indians consider me a
fellow Indian. I must tell you, I am India's son. My knowledge and my wisdom
come from India and I am really proud of it."

Adding another tongue in cheek remark, Dalai Lama said, "Though I have
Tibetan parents so my flesh and blood is Tibetan. But, as a matter of fact,
spiritually I am an Indian and physically I am a Tibetan."

Praising India's unique culture and communal harmony, Dalai Lama said,
"India is unique because it follows a culture of non-violence accepted
across religions coexisting in the country. There is not much difference in
the cultures of Buddhists and Muslims in India as they both follow the
tradition of truth and non-violence."

He went on to add that, "Indians are 'Guru' and we (Tibetans) are 'Chelas'
because Buddhism originated from India. So, when I travel to different parts
of the world, I introduce myself as an Indian messenger. I propagate
'Ahimsa' so now my guru India, should start promoting non-violence again.

Continuing his refreshingly witty speech, Dalai Lama further added, "Chinese
are the senior students of Buddhism while Tibetans are the junior students.
So, whenever I give teachings to Chinese Buddhists, I jokingly tell them
that the knowledge of 'junior students' is not bad."

Launching a veiled attack on the Chinese atrocities in Tibet, Dalai Lama
said, "The condition of Tibet is in turmoil. I want the heritage of Tibet to
be given back to India as it is the only place where they will be in safe

Dalai Lama was at his spiritual best at the function. Speaking about the
importance of satisfaction in life, he said, "I had a friend who was very
rich but he was not happy. This shows that money and power don't necessarily
guarantee happiness. One should seek inner peace. This inner peace and
spirituality can be achieved through love, compassion and affection.

He also advocated the idea of 'Vasudhaev Kutumbkam', saying, "The recently
concluded Coopenhagen Summit was like a ray of hope for the world affected
badly by global warming. The reason for the failure of the summit was that
all the world leaders considered their national interest more important than
the global interest. This is a wrong approach."
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