India A country with a tradition that promotes Ahimsa, Karuna

The Dalai Lama stressed the need for unity among seven billion people and for broad thinking. (To file)

New Delhi:

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday interacted with staff and students of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak via video conference and asserted that India is a country with thousands of years of tradition which promotes Ahimsa (non-violence) and Karuna (compassion).

The session on the theme “Facing challenges with compassion and wisdom” brought together thousands of people around the world.

Expressing his joy at having the opportunity to speak with Indian friends, he said that people of many religions coexist in harmony here.

“I came to India as a refugee due to the conflict in Tibet. I was truly captivated by the religious harmony of this nation. I believe India is a living example of religious harmony across the world. “said the Dalai Lama.

He further stated that the country’s centuries-old tradition and religious peace can significantly contribute to religious harmony on this planet.

Earlier, he said that the western world sees India’s way of life as backward, but is now changing its mind. The western world is also realizing that the Indian way of life is the best for maintaining peace and harmony in the world, he added.

He also encouraged the students not to focus on what they can get but to focus on what they can give.

He said, “We must revive our own centuries-old Ahimsa and Karuna traditions. In order to create a peaceful and joyful environment, human nature must be more sympathetic. Together, Ahimsa and Karuna in our culture can teach the world a path of tolerance, of thoughtfulness and compassion. “

Speaking of his affection for India, he said, “I was born in Tibet. The culture of Tibet is strongly based on Buddhism and more particularly on the Nalanda tradition. I have lived in India for several decades now. I really appreciate Indian freedom. and religious harmony. So, culturally, I really feel Indian.

Responding to students’ questions, he stressed the need for unity among seven billion people and for broad thinking.

He said: “Today we focus more on short-term goals. As members of society as a whole, we focus only on ourselves. We should be more empathetic towards everyone, without distinction of faith, race or nationality. “

His Holiness’s words echoed in everyone’s mind: “Show consideration for other individuals, not just for ourselves, but for the environment, so that everyone on this planet coexists.”

A student asked: “Many young people think that in order to have a scientific temper, they have to detach themselves from religion.”

He replied that the pursuit of truth cannot come without being a good person and that a good person must have strong values. “Religious education can often provide the strong values ​​needed to engage in scientific activities,” said Professor Dheeraj Sharma, Director of IIM Rohtak.

He added: “The thoughts shared by His Holiness will enable us to think differently about our way of seeing the world and to change our attitudes.”

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