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Dalai Lama imparts lessons at IIM

January 22, 2008

Joydeep Ray
Sunday, January 20, 2008 (Ahmedabad)
NDTV

It was a full classroom at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

But that was because it was a rare lecture. The guest speaker was none
other than the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who spoke to students
and teachers on ethical practices in business.

Sharing the dais with Raymond's boss Vijaypat Singhania and former IPS
officer Kiran Bedi, the Dalai Lama said that money was important to
every human being but there was no need to give up ethics for it.

''Even if you remain ethical in business or running your company, you
will succeed. It's a part of humanity. Whether you are a believer or
not, ethics takes care also of your peace of mind and physical well
being even, apart from business success. Ethics and success are not
contradictory but complimentary each other,'' said His Holiness, The
Dalai Lama.

After the lecture, the Dalai Lama even had one to one discussions with
some of the post-graduate students of the institute.

''What Dalai Lama has said, he actually emphasised on practicing ethics
also in the form of secular at work places, an idea needs to be
implemented in the corporates across,'' said Vaibhav Bilimoriya, IIM
student.

For these IIM graduates who are going to be tomorrow's managers, the
classroom session was quite different from the usual fare. It will be
interesting to see how much of what they learnt from the Dalai Lala will
actually be put into practice.
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