January 7, 2010
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Published By Tashi

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Greets Chinese Buddhists As Senior Students of Lord Buddha in Bodh Gaya[Thursday, 7 January 2010, 11:33 am]


 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, center, poses for photographs with Chinese and Taiwanese devotees at Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, Wednesday, 6 January 2010/PHOTO:AP

Dharamshala: His
Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to a gathering of over 400 Chinese and
Taiwanese Buddhist devotees on the significance of studying Buddhism,
which His Holiness said came first to China before flourishing in
Tibet. (click here to watch video)“I
humbly pay my gratitude to you (Chinese) as senior disciples of Lord
Buddha,” His Holiness told an exclusive group of Chinese followers from
mainland China and Taiwan on Wednesday.His Holiness spoke on many problems being faced by today’s world due to lack of morality and ethics.The
mainland China has been facing many such problems, and the poor people
are the ones who suffer when there is no morality and justice, His
Holiness said. “Even those people who have wealth and power feel no
inner happiness, but somehow go unaffected.”“It is a great
problem for the entire humanity if there is no compassion and justice,”
His Holiness said.  “So, it is not mandatory to follow religion to
solve the problems, which he said can also be tide over by promoting
good human values. We can put our efforts in this endeavour and I am
confident to achieve this aim,” His Holiness added.His Holiness
further said “historically Chinese brothers and sisters in the People’s
Republic of China are Buddhists, the clear example of which is
demonstrated by a large number of Buddhist temples in the country
despite having diverse religious faiths.”

 
 Over 50,000 devotees from across the
globe are in Bodh Gaya for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
teachings/Jigme Tsering/Tibetonline.TV

“There
are also many Buddhist shrines in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore
where there are many Chinese people, which clearly shows the important
relationship between Chinese people and Buddhism,” His Holiness added.“So,
Buddhism becomes our ancestral religion, which is like preserving at
times the gem of our ancestors,” His Holiness said. “We can preserve
our religion by developing the inner mind’s cognitive wisdom, which in
turn can be cultivated by study and not by meditation alone,” His
Holiness the Dalai Lama.His Holiness reminded the Chinese
devotees about the commitment made by him and his Chinese friend to
pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan (Riwo rTsenga) in China. “I hope to meet some
of you in that sacred place in future,” His Holiness added.“The words drew applause from the Chinese visitors and many had tears in their eyes,” The Telegraph reported. His Holiness the Dalai Lama then spoke of the “scientific” appeal of Buddhism. “Einstein
and several other contemporary scientists have found the Buddhist way
of living as more scientific for it is an exercise to cure and pure the
mind rather than indulging in prayer and recitation,” His Holiness said.–Based on report filed by Tibetonline.tv’s Jigme Tsering and Namgyal Tsewang from Bodh Gaya

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