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Dalai Lama urges India to lead global peace movement

April 6, 2009

by Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
April 5, 2009

Dharamsala, April 5 -- Describing India as an
abode of spirituality, the exiled Tibetan leader
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Sunday urged India to
be at the forefront of a renewed global movement for peace and non-violence.

"India has great potential to bring or to educate
the rest of the world on non-violence and compassion," The Dalai Lama said.

The Dalai Lama emphasized that building "genuine
peaceful world and compassion world" should be
the target and goal of world spiritual leaders.

"So here India can make tremendous contribution.
And I think India should lead worldwide movement
promoting non-violence and peace," the Dalai Lama said.

"India (for) thousands of years you have very
rich tradition. World need that," he said.

"In ancient time world remain isolated, doesn’t
matter. Today, the whole world; look now (at) the
global economic crisis, very clear, also
environmental issues, is interconnected," he added.

"So, therefore, we have to look at the world just
as one entity - just as one human group -- that’s all," he said.

The Dalai Lama also described India as a land of
religious tolerance and urged its spiritual
leaders to take a lead in further promoting religious tolerance in the world.

"The world in reality is multi-religious and
multi-cultural. So we really need India’s
tradition of religious tolerance,” he said.

"I think, here (in religious tolerance) you are
the only people who have thousand years
experience. And still this tradition is very much alive," he said.

"So morally and practically it is your
responsibility. So I often tell I am just a
messenger, and nothing special. I learn these things from India.

"So as a messenger I make every effort to promote
to create awareness about these things.

"That means you (Indians) are my boss - our Guru
traditionally. So now when messenger is making
serious effort, boss must also work more now,"
the Dalai Lama said to a loud applause from the fellow participants.

He urged fellow religious leaders to work from
both religious and non-religious ways, which he
calls secular ethics, to promote peace and non-violence.

The Dalai Lama was speaking at the inaugural
session of a day long "India View for Global
Peace" conference, themed: "Reciprocity: Base for
universal Interconnectedness."

The Tibetan leader was joined by eminent
religious leaders from various religious faiths.

Among others, the conference was participated by
His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami
Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj of Bhanpura Peeth, His
eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Holiness
Chidanand Saraswati, Jain Muni Acharya Sri
Roopchandra ji, Rev. D S Uchida and His Holiness Swami Parmanand Saraswati.

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi of India Splendor, which
is organizing the event, presided over the
conference. Dr. Modi, an Indian industrialist, is
also one of the patrons of Mahabodhi Society of India.

Dr Modi, on behalf of the peace conference,
appealed the Dalai Lama to accept the Indian
citizenship and to help lead the global movement for peace from India.

The event is sponsored by Purna Holistic Center,
Indian Council of Religious Leaders, Mahabodhi
Society of India, Sri Jwalamukhi Mandir Trust,
Ekal Vidyalaya, Vaish Federation, Parmarth
Niketan, Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association
and Jyotimarth avantar Bhanpura Peeth.

At the ceremony, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was
conferred with the third India Splendor Award
2009 for his "contribution to world peace."

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