His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the inauguration of the Sera-Mey Debate Courtyard and giving a public teaching in Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement on Thursday told the audience that we should be proud to live in India. The ceremony was also attending by Tibetan dignitaries including President Lobsang Sangay, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel as well as Indians including Sri Sri Dr Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji.
“We should be proud to live in India, which has been a land where people of all castes and religions have been living in harmony over 3,000 years. It is my privilege to spread the word Buddhism, which was born in India, Along with having religious knowledge, the monks should also possess scientific knowledge,” His Holiness said at the ceremony according to the report in City News.
Speaking after the inauguration of the debating hall, His Holiness while speaking to the gathering commended about Indian culture of religious harmony and told that Tibetans have been able to preserve its religious traditions in India.
“India is living example of religious harmony. India’s tradition of nonviolence and karuna has been there since more than thousand years. Wherever I always introduce myself as a messenger of ancient Indian thoughts. So I would like to thank you for coming to this inauguration ceremony,” His Holiness told with special reference to the Indian devotees.
Present the event, President Sangay, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Seer Shivaratri Deshikendra of Suttur mutt, Seer Nirmalanandanatha of Adichunchanagiri mutt also spoke at the ceremony.
“I consider it as my privilege to meet and seek blessings from the Dalai Lama. He is one of the greatest saints and scholars the world has ever seen. He has been working for the world peace throughout his life. He has contributed to the world by conducting summit on science and technology along with that of religion,” said Seer Nirmalanandanatha of Adichunchanagiri mutt at the event.