The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by the Chitkara University in Chandigarh on Monday. His Holiness was invited to the university to inaugurate the 11th Global Week to be held at the university in Chandigarh from Monday.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on arrival at the university auditorium packed with more than 12oo students and faculty, along with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor, lighted the lamp to mark the opening of the 11th Global Week. Vice Chancellor gave an introduced His Holiness to the audience and following that he addressed the gathering.
“Respected brothers and sisters and younger brothers and sisters, we really are human brothers and sisters. According to theistic religious traditions we are all created by one god who is the embodiment of infinite love. As his children, we are all brothers and sisters. From a non-theistic point of view, our lives have no beginning. We are born in life after life and as human beings on this occasion we are all brothers and sisters of the wider human family.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama began.
His Holiness further added that he is committed to reviving interest in the ancient Indian knowledge of the workings of the mind and emotions, and he said that he believes India now is the only country that could pioneer a combination of such understanding with modern education. Just as Mahatma Gandhi revealed the power of ‘ahimsa’, non-violence, in the 20th century, in this century India could reveal the importance of tackling our disturbing emotions and cultivating peace of mind. Where religion is a matter for personal concern, secular ethics apply to the whole of humanity. Therefore, it would have a wider appeal if peace of mind was approached from a secular point of view.
Before the end of the event, Chitkara University presented His Holiness with the degree of Honorary Doctor of Literature in acknowledgement of his unparalleled and invaluable contribution to humanity, world peace and education. He formally declared the 11th Chitkara Global Week open and the Vice Chancellor offered words of thanks, according to the official website of the office of His Holiness the Dalai lama.