Buddhists should be aware of the progress of science: Dalai

Bhubaneswar: The Dalai Lama today asked Buddhists to be abreast of the progress of science along with their efforts to know the essence of spirituality.

"Buddhists of the 21st century should have full knowledge about modernity and science," the monk told reporters on his arrival here en route to the Tibetan settlement of Chandragiri in Gajapati district where he is to unveil South Asia's biggest Monastery tomorrow.

Efforts should continue to know the essence of Buddhism, he said adding "I always stress that we should know the meaning of spirituality. What we know is not sufficient." Stating that Tibetan Buddhism had a major link to Orissa, the Nobel Peace prize winner said some great masters on Buddhism had hailed from Orissa.

"In my day-to-day practice, I also consult some Buddhist masters from Orissa," he said adding that large areas in Orissa remained under-developed.

Observing that tribals constitute a sizeable section of Orissa's population, the Dalai Lama said education of tribals was essential for their development. "Real change should be in rural areas and not just in a few cities."

Stating that people of India are normally slow-moving due to hot climate, he said they would have to work hard to achieve development.