Kochi: Tibet does not want suppression from China, Nobel lauerate and Tibetian spiritual leader, Dalai Lama on Saturday said.
“We do not want suppression from china. It is the hard liners who wants suppression`, Dalai Lama told reporters on the sidelines of a function here organised by `The Friends of Tibet`.
The Dalai Lama, who arrived here this morning, said kerala society had always supported the cause of Tibet freedom movement.
The spiritual leader said his efforts were aimed at promoting human values and bringing in peace.
Freedom to practise religions needed
Describing this century as the century of dialogues, Lama called for complete freedom to practise various religions and to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
"In some places there are restrictions. That is harmful... Allow complete freedom of various religious practices," the Dalai Lama said in his address at the 33rd World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom here.
In Russia and China there is interest in religion now. "Outwardly they may be aethist, inwardly they are religious," he said adding in western countries also scientists were now showing interest in spirituality.
"The crime rate is increasing in developing and developed nations as there is gap between the rich and the poor. In China there is huge gap happening. We have to think about it and reduce the gap," he said.
Due to global warming, there have been disasters round the world. There has been drought and floods in Pakistan, some parts of Africa, China, Tibet and Ladakh. "This is due to negligence and exploitation of natural resources and there is need to develop sense of global responsibility towards our planet," he said.
There may be differences in the philosophies and traditions of different religions be it Hindusim, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, but they all profess the same message of love, compassion, tolerance and contentment and there is need to respect all religions,he said.
"Keep faith in once own religion, but respect all religious tradition. That we can develop and practise," he said. Otherwise in the name of relgion, conflicts have taken place in the past and the present.
"Some manipulate religious faith. It is very sad," he said.
Later at an interactive session, the Dalai Lama was asked by a woman delegate if he saw a special role for women in this century of dialogue.
"No doubt about that," he said. Biologically women have greater potential for compassion and love. Even when fathers disappear, mothers take care. Therefore women should take more active role, he said.
Replying to another query, he said in modern education, more attention is being paid to knowledge and brain development. But there is need to introduce ethics in the education system to make it more holistic.