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Dalai Lama emphasized the need to bring unity among all religions

January 8, 2009

BIJENDER SHARMA  
PunjabNewsline.com - Nagar, Punjab
Wednesday, 07 January 2009
 
DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama underlined the need to spread the message of peace and to bring peace and unity among all religions, while inaugurating a six-day "World Religions Dialogue and Symphony" at Mahuva in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat.
 
Hosted by renowned Kathakar Morari Bapu at Kailash Guruashram, the leading spiritual leaders of various religions will converge at the symposium to have a religious dialogue to foster unity and peace. Emphasising on the importance of peace, Dalai Lama  said, in the troubled times, one must not cease to spread the message of peace although it might not yield immediate results.
 
Delivering his inaugural address in Tibetan which was translated by Samdhong Rinpoche Prime Minister of Tibetan government in-exile, the Dalai Lama  said there should be more such dialogues. World needs to learn lesson in religious tolerance from India and try and adopt its culture that promotes peace, he said.
 
Press release issued at Dharmshala by his office quoted Dalai Lama as saying,"Indian culture is the only one with the tolerance that the world needs to bring about peace and unity among all religions".
 
Dalai Lama said there needs to be a combined effort by the leaders of all religions so that truth prevails in the universe."Although I will be leaving tomorrow, yet I want Morari Bapu and other spiritual leaders present here to set an agenda for the next dialogue. Any agenda to be fixed by you has my prior approval," said Dalai Lama.
 
In his address, Morari Bapu said this event was the first step in the direction to initiating dialogue between religious leaders, and hoped this will deliver fruitful results. A battery of renowned spiritual leaders including Buddhist leader Samdhong Rinpoche, Diwan of Ajmer Sharij Sayeed Zenul, Bishop Dr Prabalkant Dut and two Shankaracharyas—Dwarka Shankaracharya Jagatguru Swarupanand Saraswati and Kanchikamkoti Pith Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati are attending the conference.
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