23rd Aug. 2021, Delhi: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is revered all around the world as the beacon of peace, love, compassion, forgiveness, non violence and more. Loved and respected by people from all walks of life, His contribution to the world is immense, especially so, for India in particular where he has been living for the last six decades. Therefore, He considers himself as the longest guest of India. Remembering and honouring the contributions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, India-Tibet Friendship Society (ITFS), one of the oldest Tibet Support Groups in India organised a webinar titled “His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s contribution in India” on Sunday, 22 August from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Dr Anand Kumar, ITFS National General Secretary presented the welcome and key note address. In his address, Dr Kumar highlighted the contributions of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the world in general and India in particular. He briefed about the life of His Holiness from his early days in exile till now with emphasis on his huge contributions to India. He shared that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has made immense contributions in advocating the Indian values of Ahimsa, Karuna, Daya, Kshama, Dhairya, Santosh aur Aatma-anushaasan at the international stage wherever he travels, and rightfully nurturing India’s message of “Atithidevobhava” to the world.
Dr Kumar said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s promotion of human values, religious harmony, protection of Tibetan culture and environment and the revival of ancient knowledge of Nalanda tradition have contributed immensely to the society, as well as advocacy for dialogue (samvad) in solving any conflict which is everyone’s desire and not disharmony.
Acharya Roshan Lal Negi, Senior ITFS Member from Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh who is an expert on Religion and Philosophy sharing his thoughts on the topic said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has hugely contributed to the revival of Buddhism in India especially focusing on the Ancient tradition of Nalanda. It is with His Holiness’ grace that Buddhist centres of learning has flourished all over India especially along the Himalayan belt. Acharya Negi further said that everyone in today’s world is in search of peace and the ultimate source of that is His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Former Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, participating in the Webinar from Nubra Valley of Ladakh spoke about the four main commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama through which His Holiness promotes the cause of humanity. Acharya Phuntsok recalled His Holiness’ constant reference to his strong Indian ties, “I’ m the son of India. My body is made up of Indian dal and roti.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama who was born in Tibet where he received his education has spent the majority of his life in exile in India which has been his second home.
ITFS members presented during the webinar to share their views on the contributions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India, with many stating that His Holiness the Dalai Lama in himself is a precious gift for India and expressed their good fortune in witnessing His Holiness during their lifetime, and pride in supporting the cause of Tibet which His Holiness has been leading since long.
ITCO Coordinator Mr Jigmey Tsultrim also spoke on the occasion and updated the members on the activities and programmes being carried out in the recent times to strengthen and re-ignite the flame of Tibbat Mukti Sadhana. He offered his thanks to India-Tibet Friendship Society for organizing the webinar and to all the members for supporting and coming together on the journey of Tibet freedom movement.
Filed by ITCO, New Delhi