HYDERABAD: On the final day of his visit in the city of Hyderabad, His Holiness the Dalai Lama laid the historic foundation stone for New South Asia Hub of the Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values at Khadaguda and gave a talk on Ethics, Values and Wellbeing at the HITEX Open Arena today.
Although His Holiness has had quite a strenuous schedule over the week; he has travelled over three cities including Delhi, Vijayawada and Hyderabad, giving talks at schools, colleges, institutions and national conventions, His Holiness still looked robust and engaged a very interactive discussion on ethics and values with the 2000-strong audience at the talk today.
The talk was jointly organised by the Government of Telangana and The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, a nonpartisan think tank based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.
As he arrived at site of the new South Asia Hub for the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, His Holiness was received by Shri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Telegana, Shri Mahmood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Kalvakuntle Taraka Rama Rao, Minister of MA, UD and IT, Tenzin Priyadarshini, Director of the Dalai Lama Center along with several local Tibetans.
“I am especially delighted to see this effort take roots in India, a country I deeply admire for its longstanding tradition of ahimsa and karuna-values that we Tibetans have tried to keep alive for several generations,” His Holiness said, commending the new initiative led by the MIT based think-tank.
Following the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the hub and plantation of sapling at the site, the Tibetan leader proceeded towards the Hitech Open Arena–the venue for the talk on Ethics, Values and Wellbeing.
His Holiness was introduced at the talk by Shri Kalvakuntle Taraka Rama Rao, Minister of MA, UD and IT, who said, “His name, fame and his influence, transcends all regional, religious, geographical boundaries. His Holiness’ message of universal responsibility has transformed minds and hearts of millions around the world. I have had the pleasure and privilege of interacting with him over the last 60 minutes. I am amazed and simply floored by his humility, his amazing grace and his wonderful sense of humour, which you will I am sure find out in the next few minutes.”
Addressing a rapt audience of intellectuals and professionals, His Holiness said one of his dream was creation of union of the whole world. “If the rest of humanity is happy, we all benefit. I admire the spirit of the European Union, which, after decades and centuries of war, was formed to place the common interest above that of this or that nation. The European union’s spirit should develop in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The Asian giants including China, India, Japan and other countries must form some union. My dream, ofcourse will not materialise within this century, but eventually in 23rd or 24th century a union of world should be created; A demilitarised world.”
He further insisted that instead of building walls between countries, they should engage in dialogue to resolve differences and form a Union for peaceful co-existence.
His Holiness stated that we’re all part of humanity, and the first step towards achieving happy humanity is to start with inner peace and work outward.
“I always consider myself as one of the 7 billion human being. Actually entire 7 billion human beings are brothers and sisters. Whether you are a raja, rani, spiritual leader or a beggar, we are all born and die the same way. So I really feel we need sense of oneness of 7 billion human being. Wherever I go, I meet as human brother and sister. Mentally, physically and emotionally, we are same. On secondary level, yes, there are differences.
On secondary level of difference, I am a Tibetan, Buddhist and a Dalai Lama. If I emphasise too much on being Dalai Lama, then I get the feeling of loneliness because there is only one Dalai Lama in the world,” His Holiness jested.
“All trouble start from here,” he said, tapping his head. “So In order to promote happier humanity, these ancient Indian knowledge is very essential.”
The Tibetan spiritual leader noted that the ancient Indian tradition of knowledge exudes “really marvelous concept or knowledge of mind, emotions.” Comparing the modern and ancient Indian psychology, His Holiness said Indian psychology is highly developed. “Among Egyptian, Chinese and Indus Valley civilization, Indus valley civilization produced most thinkers and great philosophers. Most of these major religious traditions, emphasized on philosophies. Last 30 years, I had serious discussion with scientists in four fields: cosmology, neurobiology, quantum physics and psychology. The scientists really appreciate these ancient Indian knowledge of mind and emotions.”
At one point, His Holiness looked towards Indian leaders on the dais and quipped, “In reality, I think I talk more on ancient Indian knowledge than the Indian leaders.”
His Holiness passionately endorsed the centuries-old Indian tradition and practice of religious harmony, tolerance and Ahimsa. He said India, where different religious traditions “live harmoniously”, is a model to other parts of world, and should take active role in promoting it in world.
“India has second largest population of Muslims. The population of Muslims here is bigger than in Pakistan. Now also all world religious traditions live here. Occasionally there are some problems, India is a land of human beings not land of god. Some problem is understandable. Essentially for thousands of years, India carried the message of ‘Ahimsa’ which was relevant even today. Indian should take more active role in promoting religious harmony. Especially Indian Muslim.
He added that as far as the knowledge of Nalanda tradition is concerned, Tibetans have the best knowledge, gained through rigorous study of the classical Nalanda texts and have successfully preserved the Nalanda tradition intact for over thousand years.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri Mohammad Mahmood Ali expressed his respect and admiration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and particularly expressed his support for His Holiness’ non violent leadership of the Tibetan struggle. “On behalf of government and people of Telengana, I extend a warm welcome to his highness his Holiness the Dalai Lama for gracing this occasion and blessing the people of the state. You are not only the spiritual leader of people of Tibet but to all humanity across the globe,” the Deputy CM said.
“We are honoured that His Holiness chose Hyderabad for the South Asia Hub of the Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. Your Holiness, we are blessed to live in this time and space with your selfless compassionate presence. especially in these turbulent times, you are the stabilising voice of hope, a shining beacon what humanity can become. I am overjoyed in sheer excitement and gratitude over what we have accomplished today,” the Director of the Center, Tenzin Priyadarshini said, in his closing remarks. In addition, he thanked Kalon Trisur Professor Samdong Rinpoche who, he described, has been a driving force behind the vision of the Center.
After the ceremony, His Holiness drove to the Novelty Hotel to attend a luncheon, hosted in his honour by the Telengana government. From the Hotel, His Holiness left for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to fly to Amritsar. Tomorrow morning, His Holiness will leave for Dharamshala by road.