RAIPUR: His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated a National Seminar on the Philosophy of Nagarjuna at Pt. Ravishankar Shulkla University in Raipur, Chattisgarh on 13 January 2014. Dr. Raman Singh, the chief minister of Chattisgarh state also attended the inauguration.
The three-day national seminar on Nagarjuna’s Philosophy was organised by the Ravishankar Shukla University, in collaboration with the Central University of Tibetan Studies, based in Sarnath.
Addressing the inauguration, His Holiness said, “Love, compassion are the only things that a human being should develop to become a good individual. Ultimate source of happiness is inner strength and self-confidence.”
“Knowledge in brain and experience in heart should come together. Non-violence does not mean doing nothing. It means no force no violence. I have faced a lot in my life. At 24, I lost my country; at 60 I have faced a lot of difficulties. But above all, one should be a good human being,” His Holiness said.
Extolling the rich cultural traditions of India, His Holiness urged the audience to promote Indian culture in the universities for a better understanding of the philosophies and teachings of the great Indian saints and teachers.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, in his address, said, Chhattisgarh was fortunate to be the birthplace of Nagarjuna who was not only an eminent philosopher but also an alchemist, credited for the re-emergence of Rasa Shastra, a branch of Ayurveda.
The next day, on Tuesday 14 January, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Chaanda Devi caves located near Sirpur, on the banks of the Mahanadi river. Buddhist saint Nagarjuna is said to have meditated in these caves several centuries ago.
“This place is full of natural beauty. My guru Nagarjuna meditated here and I felt his presence here today. It was very peaceful,” His Holiness told reporters in Sirpur on Tuesday.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama also interacted with students at the ancient Laxman temple in Sirpur and also prayed at a Buddha shrine there.