Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama called India a model of religious harmony in the world in his speech at a two-day virtual event on âMaha Satipatthana Suttaâ for Theravada Sangha.
The event organized by the Sri Lankan Society of the Tibetan Buddhist Brotherhood the ‘Unduvap Full Moon Poyaday’ brought together hundreds of Buddhist lamas from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The Tibetan spiritual leader attended the event virtually from his residence in Dharmshala in Himachal Pradesh.
âIndian religious tradition teaches non-violence, without harming others. In India, the practice of non-violence – Ahimsa and Karuna has been practiced for over 3,000 years. Thus, in India, different religious traditions of the world such that Islam, Christianity, Jew and Judaism and so on live together. India is an example, a model for religious harmony in the world. Since I came into exile in India as a refugee, the practice of non-violence and religious harmony which I have found to be excellent in India, “he said.
One of Sri Lanka’s main television stations, Hiru TV, reported that most of the Ven Niyangoda Vijithasiri, the Anunayake Theory of Malwatte chapter by Siyam Maha Nikaya, Most Ven Waskaduwe Mahindawansa, Mahanayake Thero by Sri Amarapura Sambuddha Sasanodaya Sangha Sabha and over six hundred Maha Sangha representing the three main Nikayas of Sri Lanka participated in the program.
In his speech, the Dalai Lama said, âBuddha himself has given us the freedom to analyze his own teaching and not to take it at face value, literally. Thus, in the Nalanda tradition, the emphasis is on verifying the teachings of the Buddha himself. Thus, the more you analyze the teachings of Buddha through a rational approach, the more certainty you gain. It is not like that. So what we need is to develop faith in the teachings of the Buddha â.
Buddhist monks who joined in the event practically asked the Dalai Lama several questions about the teaching of Buddha. They even raised questions about integrating or interpreting Mahasatipatthana to modern, non-religious people.