For Tibetans, India is Their Spiritual Home: Dalai Lama

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama while delivering a special lecture at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi told that for the six million Tibetans, India is their spiritual home. The spiritual leader delivered the special lecture on “Role of culture and ethics in promoting global peace and harmony” in the national capital on Sunday.

“If we look back at the time when we came to exile in India, we had come to our spiritual home. In the minds of the six million Tibetans, India is our spiritual home,” he said, emphasising the 1000-year civilisational relationship between the two countries according to the report in the official website of Central Tibetan Administration.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama also explained that the Indian civilisation produced the greatest thinkers and spiritual practitioners whose teachings of Ahimsa, Karuna and secular ethics that is needed to be revived to deal with the increasing violence in the modern world today.

“My latest commitment is to revive this tradition in today’s modern India. Only India has the ability to combine modern education and ancient Indian knowledge. As a chela, I would like to remind you to pay more attention to your own rich tradition,” His Holiness told at the lecture where he also explained about the fact that Tibet is not seeking independence from China stressing that Tibet can emulate the spirit of European Union.

“We are not seeking independence of Tibet. According to history, in the 7th, 8th, and 9 century, Tibet, Mongolia and China were three great equally powerful empires. A Chinese scholar told me that there were no historical records from Tang to Manchu dynasty, where it was ever mentioned Tibet as part of China. History is history, we were an independent nation. Dr Lokesh Chandra had mentioned that even geographically, it could be identified how Tibet was an independent country. Even looking at the two geographies, one could tell that this side is China and other, Tibet.” Tibetan spiritual leader added, “But we are in the 21st century, he said, stressing that Tibet can emulate the spirit of European Union. So long Chinese constitution recognises Tibetan Autonomous Region, Tibetan Autonomous District and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture as Tibetan areas, with the same right to preserve our own culture and language then we can remain within China. We can benefit from China’s economy and benefit each other,”

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