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Buddha's teachings remain refreshing and relevant: Dalai Lama

His Holines the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Photo: Outlook Tibet

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today advocated a return to Gautam Buddha's teachings of non-violence and belief in the oneness of humanity, contending that many of the world's problems and conflicts arise because man has left those basic tenets behind.

He said, as the world increasingly grows interdependent and is beset by conflicts, Buddha's philosophies will only grow more relevant.

"Many of our world's problems and conflicts arise because we have lost sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a human family," the Dalai Lama said in a message to the global Buddhist congregation that opened here today.

"Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya about 2600 years ago, yet I believe his teachings remain refreshing and relevant today," he said.

The Dalai Lama will himself attend the four-day conference on Wednesday and will lead an all-faith prayer meet.

Referring to the story of Prince Siddhartha, the Dalai Lama said the renunciation adopted and practised by him symbolises the practice of training in morality.

"Both his view of dependent arising and his advice not to harm anyone, but to help whoever you can, emphasise the practice of non-violence is to be of service to our fellow beings," he said at the congregation organised on the occasion of the 2600th anniversary of Buddha's attainment of enlightenment.

He said while the 20th century was a century of war and violence, it was the work of the humanity to ensure the 21st century goes on the way of peace and dialogue.

"I believe Buddhism does have a special role to play in our modern world. This is because, unlike other religious traditions, Buddhism uniquely propounds the concept of interdependence, which accords closely with fundamental notions of modern science," he said.

He said as a Tibetan monk, he considered himself a student of the Nalanda tradition.

"The way Buddhism was taught and studied at Nalanda University represents the zenith of its development in India.

"However, in today's increasingly complex and interdependent world, we have to acknowledge the existence of other cultures, different ethnic groups and of course other religious faiths. Whether we know it or not ? most of us experience this diversity on a daily basis," he said.

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