On his meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he said, "I met Dalai Lama for around two hours this morning and discussed lots of subjects. Dalai Lama told me that he shall spend next 10 years to work on all the religions of the world". It has also been decided that all the spiritual leaders of India, including Dalai Lama shall meet at Prayaag between December 31 and January 3.
He agreed with the Tibetan spiritual leader on the issue of secularism and said that countries like India and Singapore (of which he is a citizen) were only of the very few secular countries in the world where all religions were accepted.
He spoke of the Kumbh Mela Festival which will take place from 31st December to 3rd January at Prayaag. A conference organized by the India Council of Religious leaders will take place then. The Dalai Lama will attend it along with leaders of all religions. There is a program in it called “Holistic, High Tech and Heritage” which focuses on spirituality in today’s age.
The global media will be invited and it will also be webcast live. The program will be conducted in many languages through continuous translations. As His Holiness is widely accepted by people of all religions and nations, it will symbolize the secular nature of the conference.
Modi also spoke about His Holiness’ wish to contribute to Nalanda University as he has a lot of literature. The four sects of Tibetan Buddhism come from people who studied at Nalanda University. It was earlier planned that the Indian Government with the help of Singapore, China, Japan and Thailand would rebuild the Nalanda University at Bihar based on the ideals of the original university. Now it is decided that it will be a private University.
From His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s belief, a spiritual thinking will be imparted to it. And Samdhang Rinpoche, the former Prime Minister of the Tibetan-Government-in-exile will also be a part of it.
Modi, a citizen of Singapore is reportedly going to request The Indian Government to offer citizenship to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to lead India to become a global leader. He should accept Indian citizenship and in the case of political reasons, if not India, then the citizenship of Singapore.
In his recent book, Hinduism- The Universal Truth, Modi has sought to explain the connection between Buddhism and Hinduism and has also explored the scientific vision and foundation of philosophies of Hinduism.