By Shyamal Sinha
The Dalai Lama addressed Tibetan college students and public around south India, Himalayan region and few Indians and foreigners at Palace ground this morning.
Chief Representative, settlement officer of south zone Tibetan settlement and other dignitaries attended the meeting.
More than 2500 people including Tibetan college student from south India, Tibetan working and staying in Bengaluru, Bhutanese, Himalayan region and few Indians and foreigners were present at the gathering.
His Holiness begins his address with, “ I have been to Tibetan settlement in south India for couple of week. I had bad cold in between and tiredness also. Now I’m totally recovered and fine. I’m happy to meet you today for short time.”
His Holiness outlined his relations with Prime Minister Nehru and the practical advice and support he offered. Especially he praised the then Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa for his support to have majority of Tibetan settlement in south India state of Karnataka.
His Holiness remarked, “By recalling past 50 years, we are totally different from other refugees as we have our own administration and unique culture, language and religion. Tibetans are scattered through out the world even though we are not born in Tibet but we are Tibetans by blood.”
His Holiness also mentioned that Tibetan refugees are well known through out the world these days and get many support from different parts of the world.
He further talked about change in name of religious teacher in school to philosophy teacher and other developments in the monastic community such as encouraging rigorous study of Buddhist texts among monks and nuns.
His Holiness then focussed his talk on the Middle Way Approach, how Tibetans have been pursuing the middle way approach since 1974 as a policy to achieve genuine autonomy within framework of PRC constitution.
Urging the students to pay attention to Buddhist texts, he spoke briefly about principal of causality and reminded Buddha’s teaching relation with quantum physics.
His Holiness said, “Tibetans must combine Buddhist philosophy with modern education as however technology advance, we can’t buy and produce compassion. Many western psychologists were amazed with Buddhism study of mind and emotion.”
On Kagyur and Tengyur preservation in Tibetan language, he said, “Only in Tibetan we could explain about all this Buddhist text.”
“Initially I have requested monks to study science to have addition to Buddhist text and philosophy. Now it can help to move parallel with modern science. So not only monks and nuns but even common people should also study ancient Nalanda knowledge,” he remarked.
He said Tibetan students have potential to bring compassion and peace in this world. “Even monks and nuns can add some positive change in future of the world.”
Chief representative of south zone read brief annual report of south zone Tibetan settlement and chief representative office in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Dhondup, Director Tibetan Youth Hostel gave the vote of Thanks.