Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama praises combination of ancient Indian knowledge and modernity

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New Delhi | Published: January 10, 2018 4:33:47 PM

While in Pune, Dalai Lama today condemned Bhima-Koregaon violence saying that people should not mobilise against any religion

Dalai Lama, Pune, Dalai Lama in Pune, Tibet, Tibetan spiritual leaderTibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama praises combination of ancient Indian knowledge and modernity (Image ANI)

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday praised ancient Indian knowledge and combination of this knowledge with modernity in India. In an interview in Pune, Dalai Lama said, “India has great potential, combination of modernity and ancient Indian knowledge, that is what the world really needs.”

Dalai Lama is on a two-day visit to Pune where he will address the inaugural ceremony of 2nd National Teachers’ Congress organised by MAEER’s MIT World Peace University campus. The National Teachers’ Congress is an initiative supported by the Maharashtra government. In this Congress, over 8000 teachers from postgraduate and undergraduate colleges of all streams and disciplines from India and 1000 teachers of Indian origin from outside India are expected to participate. Dalai Lama will return to Gaya on January 11.

While in Pune, Dalai Lama today condemned Bhima-Koregaon violence saying that people should not mobilise against any religion. According to ANI, while speaking to media, the spiritual leader said, “Religion is a personal business and matter. We should not mobilise like we are Hindus, we are Muslims. This is not right. What is the value of anger? Anger is not good for health. More compassionate mind is good for health.” On January 1, an event led by Dalits to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, turned violent when a clash broke out, leaving at least one person dead.

Earlier on January 7, the spiritual leader was in Bodh Gaya where he met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Together they released a book titled “Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics”. This book is the first part of a multi-volume edition which explores scientific observations about the material world and the mind. Dalai Lama also presented to Kumar a picture of the Buddha and an “Angavastram” as tokens of blessing.

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