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Indian youth urged to adopt Gandhian principles

November 24, 2009

November 23, 2009

Dharamsala, Nov. 23 -- Exiled Tibetan leader His
Holiness the Dalai Lama has urged Indian youths
to adopt Gandhian principles of non-violence and truth

Delivering a valedictory lecture on the closing
day of the centenary celebration of Mahatma
Gandhi’s ‘Hind Swaraj or Home Rule’ in the Indian
capital New Delhi on Sunday, the Dalai Lama
described the principles of non-violence as a
treasure of Indian culture and tradition, according to a report by ANI.

"Carrying ceremonial things or ritual things are
not sufficient, we must come to masses specially
youths and young people and bring
thousand-years-old Indian treasure, sometimes it
needs some modification but tell them these
traditional values must be alive, these are not
for decorations," ANI quoted the Dalai Lama as saying.

The 74-year old revered Tibetan leader and Nobel
Peace Laureate reportedly said that he has
adopted principles of human compassion, love and
harmony from India and strongly advocated
promotion of human compassion through education.

"We are not lacking education, we are lacking
human compassion and that is very clear," Dalai Lama said.

"Why not we teach the importance of compassion through education?

"So, my main effort is promotion of human
compassion through education. My number-two
commitment is promotion of harmony," the Dalai Lama added.

During the conference, the Tibetan leader was
also formally requested to lead the Global
Gandhian Movement. But pointing at senior
Gandhians in the audience, the revered Tibetan
leader and Nobel Peace laureate responded,
saying, "You are the leader, I am only a chela
(student) of India. You are the boss." However,
accepting the request, the Dalai Lama lauded the efforts made by the Gandhians.

The four-day "Hind Swaraj Centenary Commemoration
International Conference" that began on Thursday
at Surajkund near the Indian capital, was
organised by the Swaraj Peeth Trust, a
Delhi-based Gandhian centre for non-violence and
peace, in collaboration with the Central
University of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath in
Varanasi. The conference was aimed at
highlighting globally the relevance of Gandhian
vision of Swaraj and methods of non-violence.

The Dalai Lama, who arrived Monday to his exile
hometown of Dharamsala in northern India
following his trips to Japan, northeastern Indian
state of Arunachal Pradesh and Italy, is slated
to give teachings at the request Buddhist
devotees from Russia here at the Main Tibetan
Temple (Tsuglag-Khang) on Tuesday.

The Dalai Lama will deliver teachings on Je
Tsongkhapa’s Three Principle Paths (Lamtso
Namsum) and Praise to the Buddha for His
Discourses on Dependent Origination (tendrel
toepa) on November 24, and will confer the
13-Deity Yamantaka Initiation (lha chusoom jigje kawang) on November 25 and 26.
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