March 21, 2014
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College Principal Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his arrival Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

College Principal Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his arrival Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

[DU beat/The Times of India]

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited Lady Shri Ram College of Women in New Delhi on 20 March. Talking about morality, ethics and the idea of a healthy inner-self, he spoke on “Success, Ethics and Happiness”.

Initially scheduled to start at 12: 30, the spiritual leader arrived for the inauguration of the new academic complex at around 2 p.m. With the sound of the gong marking his arrival, he first inaugurated the Aung San Suu Kyi Centre for Peace and then the Dr. Bharat Ram Academic Complex. This was followed by the lecture in the auditorium.

Speaking about the present education system, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “Existing education is not enough. There is need to promote love and compassion. The modern education system is geared towards material wealth.” Complimenting India and its secular fabric while being critical of the level of corruption, he said: “I am a messenger of ancient Indian thought and tradition of non-violence and compassion. India is a living example of religious harmony and secular ethics. The Indian Constitution is based on secularism. However, corruption in a religious country like India is a big contradiction.” 

Coming to ethics, he spoke of ethics being a necessity for a peaceful and happier world. He says, “Success requires ethics. Ethical life means honesty. Honesty brings trust. Trust brings friendship. Friendship brings unity. Unity leads to a more peaceful world”.

His ideas were followed by a series of questions that members of the audience wanted to bring about in the discussion. Students and faculty raised questions about the definition of success as well as questioned ideas of whether happiness could exist without spiritual belief. The spiritual leader says that even non-believers can be happy as long as there is awareness. On defining success, he stated that when at the end you are at peace and happy, that is success.

The event closed with a Tibetan song and the vote of thanks by the Students Union President of the college, Tanvi Bist. This was followed by Yashaswini Basu, the Cultural Secretary of the college presenting His Holiness a long life prayer with the signature of students.

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Tibetan students offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a traditional greeting on his arrival at the venue for his talk at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Tibetan students offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a traditional greeting on his arrival at the venue for his talk at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama lighting a lamp to inaugurate a new academic wing at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama lighting a lamp to inaugurate a new academic wing at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama watering a sapling planted to honor his visit to Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama watering a sapling planted to honor his visit to Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

 

Young students performing classical Indian music at the start of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Young students performing classical Indian music at the start of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talk at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on 'Ethics and Happiness' at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on ‘Ethics and Happiness’ at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

 

Students in the audience greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of his talk at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Students in the audience greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of his talk at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

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