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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived at Trimbakteshwar on Sunday, a day after the first shahi snan (holy dip) to meet with religious heads who have gathered for the ongoing Kumbh. He also visited the Karshni Ashram at Trimbakteshwar.

“It is due to these democratic values that people belonging to different religions and caste live in peace and harmony. Hence, India,as compared  to its neighbours,is in such state of peace” said the Dalai Lama while addressing the media and mahants.

He further said, “I look at India as a land of ‘sarvadharmasambhav’ (an equal regard for all religions or secularism), where people of all religions and caste are safe and are progressing. And so I feel there is an urgent need for heads of all religions must come together and work towards spreading the message of peace and harmony.”

With Guru Sharananand, Swami Parmanand and Swami Gyananand, Dalai Lama also planted a sapling after reaching the Karshani Ashram. He said he was in the town to meet the various mahants of Akharas in order to discuss the issue of peace and how to spread it across the world.

 

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China has banned India-trained "wrongly educated" monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of "separatist" bend. The ban was imposed by a county in China's Southwest province in Sichuan, according to the state-run Global Times.

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China has banned India-trained “wrongly educated” monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of “separatist” bend.

The ban was imposed by a county in China’s Southwest province in Sichuan, according to the state-run Global Times.

An official said on Monday that “monks wrongly educated in India were banned from teaching Buddhism to residents of Litang county”.

Buddhism is one of the five officially recognised religions in China.

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China accuses Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of secessionist activities in Tibet where most people follow Buddhism.

The county Litang stages patriotic education classes every year for those educated and awarded Gexe Lharampa, the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhist studies in India, an official from Litang’s ethnic and religious affairs bureau told the Global Times.

Those who behaved improperly at the patriotic classes or showed “any signs of separatist intent” are strictly monitored and banned from teaching Buddhism to the public, said the official who refused to be named.

The university has compiled and published 31 volumes from the photocopies of ancient Tibetan literature since 2005 and the figure is expected to increase to 45 in the following two to three years.
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China has its own criteria to award Gexe Lharampa. Candidates have to pass Chinese Buddhist tests and a sutra debate.

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Those awarded the degree overseas are not acknowledged by China and are not qualified to teach Buddhism in the country, Zhu Weiqun, former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the Global Times.

Some 105 monks in Tibet have been awarded the Chinese Buddhist version of the degree since 2004, the Xinhua news agency reported. (IANS)

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