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Dalai Lama addresses International conference on Buddhism

January 18, 2009

By B K Upmanyu
Northern Voices Online - Chandigarh
Jan 16th, 2009
Dharmshala: Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama while addressing the inaugural function of the three-day international conference on Buddhism and Science at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath has said, “If we want to live in peace we have to follow the rule of co-existence,” His Holiness said adding, “We are here to discuss Buddhism and Science. I wish that the conference should not merely be an affair of paper presentation but meaningful deliberations how to stop and eliminate the man made unnecessary problems.” The Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath, has now become the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS). His Holiness the Dalai Lama dedicated the new name of the institution.
“The 21st century is most crucial and important for civilizations due to development of knowledge and mind. But, in the meantime we can also see people suffering due to violence, which is the greatest evil,” Dalai Lama added.
Highlighting the importance of knowledge, His Holiness said, “We should expand our knowledge and bring some inner values. One should lead a peaceful life at all levels,” His Holiness said.
In the beginning His Holiness the Dalai Lama also dedicated the new name of the institution Central University of Tibetan Studies on the occasion. The function began with the recital of mangalacharan in Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan languages by the students.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor Ngawang Samten welcomed the delegates and distinguished guests, and also presented a concept note of the conference. He said that Buddhism and science could shake hands and meet each other for sharing their perspectives and respective insights to the benefit of each others edification. The keynote address was delivered by B Alan Wallace from Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, US. Speaking on Buddhism and Science: Confrontation and Collaboration, he said that if Buddhism, as a tradition of knowledge is to maintain its credibility and efficacy in the modern world, it must engage with science.
Besides delegates, the inaugural function was also attended by distinguished guests like Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche and erstwhile king of Kashi Maharaja Anant Narayan Singh. Delegates from different parts of the country and abroad are taking part in the conference. The inaugural function was followed by thematic sessions on the concept of mind in Buddhism and modern sciences.
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