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Dialogue is the only way to resolve a dispute: Dalai Lama

November 14, 2007

Posted November 13th, 2007 by Sahil Nagpal, TopNews, India


New Delhi, Nov 13 : Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama 
today said that dialogue and compromise alone offer a realistic 
solution to problems in today's world.

"Today's reality is that one-sided victory or one-sided defeat is 
impossible, " said the Dalai Lama in his address at the 'Satyagraha 
Centenary International Conference' at the Jawaharlal Nehru 
University (JNU) here.

"Under the circumstance, even if there's conflict you have to solve 
through dialogue and compromise that's the only way. We should have 
some clear sort of awareness that as soon as we face any problem we 
must remember the solution to the problem is only through dialogue, 
'' he added.

He said the use of force is simply unrealistic because of the 
interdependence of nations in the current times and force would only 
mean war, which would not benefit any of the countries.

The Dalai Lama also emphasised the importance of 'Ahimsa' (non-
violence) and urged Indian youths to inculcate the practice in every 
aspect of their lives.

"Ahimsa, not only the concept of Ahimsa but the practice of Ahimsa is 
very, very essential. Any wonderful concept remains just a concept 
not much effective, must implement, " he said.

The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India since fleeing 
Buddhist homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against the 
Communist rule in China.

The Buddhist spiritual leader has set up his seat of power at 
Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, which is regarded as the hub of 
Tibetan culture.

In his latest diplomatic move, the Dalai Lama is to meet Pope 
Benedict at the Vatican in December.

Winner of the Nobel Peace prize in 1989 for his peaceful campaign 
against the Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama was recently honoured with 
the U. S. Congressional Gold Medal. (ANI)
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