Buddhism to play spl role: Dalai Lama.
GUWAHATI - The Dalai Lama inaugurated the Tibet Fest-2014 – a festival showcasing the best of Tibetan art and culture – at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra this afternoon.
The five-day event will conclude on February 6.
The objective of the festival is to create awareness about Tibetan culture, arts, and spiritual traditions in the North-east besides bringing the people living in the Himalayan region to their common culture and traditions.
Another objective is to raise contemporary Tibetan issues and highlight imminent threats to Tibetans and their way of life.
Addressing the gathering, the Dalai Lama emphasised on realizing the sense of oneness of all human beings and the need to forge a cohesive, tolerant society.
“…on the fundamental level, each one of us wants a happy life, none of them wants suffering; and each one has every right to achieve that. There’s no difference. Whatever religious faith we may be, or as a nonbeliever, or whatever social background we may come from – rich or poor, educated or uneducated, from a royal family or a beggar –we’re the same human being on that level, and have the same right,” he said.
Dwelling on the profound impact that Tibetan Buddhism has had on the people of Tibet and its neighbourhoods including China, he said Buddhism which has been in existence for over 2,500 years and which shares with the other religious traditions teachings such as compassion, kindness, and tolerance, and self-discipline has a special role to play in the modern times.
“Compassion and tolerance is ingrained in the Tibetan philosophy. This also finds an outlet through the unique cultural heritage and spiritual traditions of Tibetan civilization. This has also remained a source of inspiration to millions of people across the globe for centuries,” he said, adding that it was important to sustain the Tibetan legacy in view of the threats it was facing. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, among others, also addressed the function.
Courtesy: by VOA team.