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Tibet maintains India's rich tradition: Dalai Lama

January 12, 2010

Indian Express News Service - Jan 11, 2010

Kolkata: With a sombre look a little girl asked: "What is the meaning of
happiness?"

The question was addressed to none other than the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan
spiritual leader who arrived in Kolkata on Sunday.

The octogenarian religious leader was quick in his response to the child's
question: "For a child like you, it is holidays. Don't think about serious
things like happiness. Think of studies now and nothing else."

The Dalai Lama was addressing a gathering at an award giving ceremony
organised by the Ladies Study Group of Indian Chamber of Commerce.

With his sharp wit and sense of humour, the spiritual leader answered all
audience questions.

"We believe in the karmic cycle of life. In that case do animals like goats
and pigs become human beings in their next birth?" a woman asked.

"I don't know," Dalai Lama said, "but it is possible. Then people from other
planets are also born here."

"We believe in rebirth, but people belonging to religions like Christianity
and Islam do not believe in that philosophy. In that case are they not
reborn? What happens to them?" another woman asked.

"All men and women are reborn. But I have great respect for those religions.
They have powerful concepts," Dalai Lama replied.

The spiritual leader's wit was also aimed at himself. "People say I have
healing powers, but actually I don't. Two years ago I went for surgery and
that scientifically proved that I had no healing powers," the Tibetan Guru
said, amid peals of laughter from the audience.

Calling himself a reliable chela of India , Dalai Lama said Tibet nurtures
the treasure that went from India .

"Tibet has kept the rich culture and tradition of India with care and India
should not ignore that," the exiled leader said.

Regarding China-Tibet relations Dalai Lama, who calls himself an ordinary
monk, said lots of Chinese leaders are saying they should pay more attention
to Tibet .

"These days many Tibetan students come to India and after finishing school
they go back. Lots of Chinese intellectuals are showing interest in Tibetan
culture and tradition," he said.
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