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Mongolian Buddhists received by HH the Dalai Lama in Nalanda, India

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HH The Dalai Lama with members of the Mongolian Buddhist delegation to the Nalanda International Conference “Buddhism in 21st Century”. Photo: Tenzin Choejor, OHHDL

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the chief guest at an International Conference “Buddhism in the 21st Century,” which was held at Rarjir, Bihar, India on 17-19 March and organized by the Ministry of Culture of India and the Nav Nalanda Mahavihara (Deemed to be University) based in Nalanda Bihar.     The three-day conference was aimed at renewing contacts and discussing Buddhism’s perspectives and responses to global issues. Buddhist abbots and lamas, and Mongolian Buddhist study scholars and researchers were invited to the Rajgir international conference. The Mongolian Buddhist delegation got a rare opportunity as it was given an exclusive audience by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his temporary residence hotel in Rajgir, Nalanda.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke about the oneness of the entire 7 billion human beings and their universal desire for happiness. “All seven billion human beings desire happiness. Happiness cannot come from fear and anger. Therefore, we need compassion, love and friendship to foster feelings of mutual trust and belonging,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness also spoke about religious harmony and added that all major religious traditions, despite philosophical differences, espouse the universal message of love and have the same potential to bring peace.
His Holiness expressed his sorrow at the growing trend of violence in the name of religion across the world. “We are experiencing joy and spiritual bliss as we meet now. However, at this very time, people are dying of violence in the name of religion in parts of the world. Religion should be a source of happiness and contentment, not violence,” His Holiness said,
He emphasized on the refinement of our emotions. The negative emotions that generate within us keep us plagued and diseased. Therefore,we must purify our mind especially through Vipasssana Meditation which is of explanatory kind, HH said.
We are all social animals and friendship is very important. Friendship is important for trust, HH said.
He said the 21st-century Buddhists must use their intelligence and conduct analytical observation rather than blindly follow the faith.”

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