Dalai Lama hails good start between Modi govt, China

Hailing the "good start" between the Narendra Modi government and the Chinese leadership, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday said that despite difficult situations, efforts should be made through mutual understand to reach agreeable solutions.

PTI| Updated: Nov 22, 2014, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Hailing the "good start" between the Narendra Modi government and the Chinese leadership, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday said that despite difficult situations, efforts should be made through mutual understand to reach agreeable solutions.

"India has now a new government, more assertive... And it seems to have developed close relation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This is a good start. Basically, any manmade problem must be solved through mutual understanding and not through confrontation.

"No matter how difficult, one must make efforts through mutual understanding for an agreeable solution. For that, personal contact is necessary. So I think it's a good start," the Dalai Lama said at an event here on 'Cultivating Key Human Values' organised by Ananta Centre.

He was responding to a question on whether the Indian government was moving to solve the Tibet issue and if he wanted a dialogue with India or China in that regard.

Lauding Xi Jinping, the Dalai Lama said that the Chinese President had, unlike other Communist leaders, publicly said that Buddhism has an important role in Chinese culture.

"Xi Jinping unlike previous communist leaders... Publicly expressed... In Paris as well as in Delhi (that) for Chinese culture, Buddhism has a great important role. Regarding preservation of Chinese culture, Buddhists should take serious responsibility.

Saying that "confrontation creates more problems" and that all problems should be resolved through "talk and dialogue", the Tibetan spiritual leader urged people to promote and secure the ideals of peace, harmony and secularism.

He lauded India's secular principles and stressed on the need for greater interaction between different religions and communities.

"I think religious harmony and secularism in India is truly wonderful, although there are occasional problems created by mischievous people," he said. PTI

The Dalai Lama said that although he had respect for

former President George W. Bush, he had conveyed his reservations about US's Iraq policy when he had met him.

"I love President George Bush and respect him. From the first meeting we became very close friends. But then the policy regarding Iraq... I told him, 'I respect you, but some of your policies, I have great reservations'," he said.

The Dalai Lama also stressed on the promotion of human values, religious harmony and preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and knowledge for the greater good.

"Number one commitment is promotion of human values. Ultimate happiness is within the mind and ourselves. We have to make an effort to achieve that awareness.

"Number two is promotion of religious harmony... India is the example of this.

"Third commitment is preservation of our knowledge and Tibetan Buddhism," he said.

He said that many of the problems humanity is facing today were the creation of people. Differences of nationality, faith, background and class constitute the "basis" of all such problems.

"We have a common responsibility to create a happy, peaceful and compassionate humanity. Serving humanity is the best way to worship God," he said.

Reflecting on the "materialistic focus" of the global education system, he stated that inculcating moral values in young minds was an imperative for a peaceful future.

"Whether the world will be more peaceful or chaotic by 2050 depends on us. We cannot change the past, but we can shape the future. The coming generations will have to widen their perspectives.

"They should consider the seven billion people in the world as one humanity. Current education system is focused on accumulating material wealth, but not towards strengthening moral values and ethics. We need to bring in human values in our education," he said.