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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama consecrates Buddhist Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh

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Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh), April 6, 2017: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday consecrated a Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district even as China said his state tour will fuel bilateral tensions.

Hundreds of people from across India and neighbouring Bhutan gathered at the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery at Dirang, 50 km from Tawang.

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“It should be a centre of learning for all. There must be lots of activities,” the exiled 81-year-old spiritual leader said afterwards.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor P.B. Acharya and his wife, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, assembly Speaker T.N. Thongdok, Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin and other dignitaries were present.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s father Dorjee Khandu, who was then the Chief Minister, laid the foundation stone of the monastery in 2007.

Welcoming the Tibetan leader to Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor said his spiritual spirit and compassion will translate into positive energy and take the state towards the path of eternal peace and development.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, in her daily briefing, said Beijing’s objections to the visit of the Dalai Lama had been raised with the Indian government. (IANS)

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Dalai Lama says that India and China have great potential

The spiritual leader feels that both the countries are doing compassionate works

Dalai Lama talks about India and China
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai says that India and China can work together. VOA

New Delhi, Nov 19

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “practical level”.

“I think, a great potential… India and China combined are doing more compassionate work… At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the “ability to destroy the other”.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to live side by side,” he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda (now in Bihar) and brought Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China.

“All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said.

The Nalanda traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

“So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if Tibet still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place,” the Dalai Lama said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted violence but it was happening “because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness”.

“Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values. India can take lead in improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said. (IANS)

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