“India should share its ancient knowledge with the world”: the Dalai Lama


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Thursday, September 16, that India should share its ancient knowledge with the world. The Dalai Lama also appreciated India’s secular approach to treating all spiritual traditions with respect. The spiritual Buddhist said that the Indians have been their “gurus” and now is the time for India to share its knowledge with the rest of the world. In a statement released by his office, the Dalai Lama also linked India to Buddhism.

While praising the Indian tradition of respecting all spiritual traditions, the Dalai Lama said it was important to share the country’s ancient knowledge in a “secular and academic way”. Connecting India to Buddhism, the Buddhist spiritual leader said that when he came to India for the first time, he could see the close connection that India and Tibet have with each other. According to a statement released by his office in Dharamshala, he said: “When I first arrived in India, I reflected on the close ties between this country and my homeland, Tibet. As the Honorable Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) said, India is the land of Buddha. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is to serve and benefit humanity.

The spiritual leader and head of the Tibetan government in exile said people should not hurt each other and should help each other. In a statement released Thursday by the Dalai Lama’s office, he said, “Buddha’s advice is simply to avoid harming others and to help them whenever you can in any way you can.” Further, the Dalai Lama said that although the world has changed dramatically since the time of Buddha, “the essence of his teaching remains as relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago.”

(With the entries of PTI, Image: AP)