I never say Buddhism is the best, says the Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader asked the people gathered to seek knowledge about tradition and stressed his old saying that "he is a chela (disciple) of India"
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Friday said that people needed compassion and humanity to strive in today's competitive world and added that he and the fellow citizens were disciples of Indian tradition.
"All the problems we see now, like racism, nationalism, parity between rich and poor are created by us. If you want to change the world, you need a lot of enthusiasm and determination," Lama said while delivering a lecture on "Meaning of Life and Secular Ethics" organised by Tibet House, Union Ministry of Culture and Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute Men-Tsee-Khang.
"People lack compassion, humanity these days. While people are starving to death in Nigeria, some are leading lives of high luxury. Yes, we need humanity to change these," said the Nobel peace prize winner.
He asked the people gathered to seek knowledge about tradition and stressed his old saying that "he is a chela (disciple) of India". "Inner peace is very important. With inner peace, you will have humanity and compassion," the spiritual leader added.
By emphasising the need for secularism,the 14th Lama said: "I never say Buddhism is the best. Everyone may say their religion is the best. Secularism is India's base. Let it be like that."
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi Najeeb Jung also spoke at the event.
Mr Rijiju assured Tibetan people in exile that India was their home and called for necessary rehabilitative actions for their settlement.
"Don't feel that you are refugees. India is your own home. And with the help of Najeebji (Jung), we will do whatever is necessary for Tibetans," Minister said.
"His holiness always said India is the guru, Tibetans are 'chelas' . But now I'm saying His Holiness is guru and we are his chelas," he concluded to a roar of applauses.