His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s answer about the Lord Gautam Buddha’s birth place during an interactive session in India has been misunderstood in Nepal. The office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (OHHDL) today issued a clarification notice in it official website that there has been a misunderstanding in the intend of his answer.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a remark on the Lord Buddha’s background while answering questions from students in Meerut, India on 16 October 2017 which is being shared in the form of a video clip to campaign that the Tibetan spiritual leader is misleading the people.
However, OHHDL issued a clarification to queries made by media as follow:
“It has been brought to our attention that media reports in Nepal have queried a reference His Holiness the Dalai Lama made to Lord Buddha’s background while answering questions from students in Meerut, India on 16 October 2017.
We are concerned to know there was misunderstanding of the intent of his answer, and would like to clarify that His Holiness meant no disrespect towards his Nepalese brothers and sisters. Like Buddhists everywhere, he wholeheartedly accepts that the Buddha’s birthplace was Lumbini. What he wanted to emphasize in contemporary terms is the importance of understanding what the Buddha taught and the scope of his influence throughout Asia. It is universally acknowledged that India, the land of the Noble Ones, is where the Buddha achieved enlightenment and subsequently gave profound teachings.
We trust that this clears up any misunderstanding or misapprehension.”
Hope this clarifies the misunderstandings being share and spread by the concerned individuals and organisations especially in Nepal. You can view the view being contested as below. Kindly note that it is a clip from a program: