I'm messenger of India's ancient thoughts: Dalai Lama
November 15, 2009
November 14, 2009
Itanagar - Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama, today said he was active in spreading
India's message of non-violence and religious harmony throughout the world.
"I am the messenger of India's ancient thoughts
world over," Dalai Lama told an assembly of intellectuals here.
He said democracy was deep rooted in India
because the people had deep respect for the two
precious ideals. Even non-believer like 'Charvak'
was respected and given the high status of a sage in ancient India.
The Tibetan monk said he considered India as a
master and Tibet its disciple as great scholars
like Nagarjuna went from Nalanda to Tibet to
preach Buddhism in the eighth century.
He said millions of people had lost their lives
in violence and economy of many a countries got
ruined due to conflicts in the 20th century. "Let
the 21th century be a century of tolerance and dialogue."
The Dalai Lama is leaving here tomorrow for New Delhi.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said that in the
past there was no conflict between people belonging to different faiths.
"From space if one looks at planet earth it would
still look peaceful... No McMahon line ... Only
one world. But with advance of technology the
world has become small and conflicts are
witnessed not only between believers and
non-believers, but also between different sects of the same faith," he said.
"Although we Buddhists don't believe in god or
creator but we do not interfere in the faith of
others who are believers," he said.
"Wherever I go I express my views on my main
concern -- how to build a happier society," he said.
"Occasionally as a Tibetan Lama it is my duty to
talk about Tibetan philosophy. Whenever I meet
Buddhists from India, China, Japan, Mongolia and
south east Asian countries, it is my duty to explain what Buddha Dharma is."
Stating that the Dalai Lama institution came into
being six hundred years ago, he said he had made
it clear as early as 1969 that whether it would
cease functioning after his death or would be
decided by the majority of Tibetans.
"The institution of Dalai Lama may not be
relevant after his death. But that will not stop him to take rebirth."