Raipur, Chattisgarh: – India is the land of wisdom where civilization developed in ancient times when it was known as "Arya Bhumi", said Nobel Peace Prize Laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, while addressing as chief guest the first convocation ceremony of Kushabhau Thackeray University of Journalism and Mass Communication (KTUJMC) on Thursday.
His Holiness said modern education is important but we should not neglect the ancient Indian education system as it gives us deeper knowledge of Indian culture and tradition. He added that the ancient education system was relevant in today's life while modern education does not touch that milestone of ancient education system of India. India has become great due to its rich philosophical thoughts and texts etc, said the Tibetan spiritual leader, according to a report of the Central Chronicle.
The Tibetan spiritual leader praised India saying its an example of the way people of different religions and faith live together in harmony. Every country across the world has its own culture, tradition and philosophical thoughts but India is the only country which provides space for Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, etc., His Holiness the Dalai Lama and added "We should all draw strength from our traditional and cultural values."
Approximately 425 degrees and 24 gold medals were awarded to the graduates and the toppers on the merit lists respectively of 2007 – 2012 of the varsity at the first convocation ceremony of the university, on March 7, 2013.
His keynote address to the students, the spiritual leader of Tibet said "We should get inspiration from persons like Nagarjuna who was in this country. I love, respect and admire this country very much," His Holiness said.
"Really amazing, the history of Sirpur is glorious, I am now carrying the memories of Lord Buddha from here,'' the Buddhist leader remarked at Sirpur, after visiting the historical site which is about 75 km from Raipur, Chhattisgarh. His Holiness took a trip of the sprawling Sirpur and had a glance of Laxman temple and Buddha viharas as well.
His Holiness said that he felt peace and blessed when he visited the historical places of Buddha, Jain, Shaiv and Vaishnav cultures at Sirpur, a village he visited in the morning. He further added that he would like to visit Sirpur again and added that he would like to sit in meditation at Sirpur when he visited the place next, according to the report.
The Chief Minister, the Honorable Dr. Raman Singh in his remarks said that it was a matter of great joy for the state of Chattisgarh in general and for the student of KTUJMC in particular that the chief guest of this first convocation was the harbinger of world peace His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The gracious presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on this occasion had made it a historical event to be remembered by the people of Chattisgarh during his address to the first convocation. Dr. Raman Singh said that it was also a matter of great pleasure and pride for Chattisgarh that the serenity of Sirpur had attracted the Dalai Lama to the extent that he had decided to sit in meditation for an hour during his next visit.
The Chief Minister also said that the meditation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will go into the records as the second great event after Nagarjuna made his sojourn there years ago. He added that Tibetan spiritual leader followed the footprints of Mahatma Gandhi for the sake of Tibet and the entire world has become a home for him.
The Chief Minister said that the meditation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will go into the records as the second great event after Nagarjuna made his sojourn there years ago. He added that His Holiness the Dalai Lama followed the footprints of Mahatma Gandhi for the sake of Tibet and the entire world has become a home for him, the Central Chronicle said in its report.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama also met with some members of the Tibetan communities from the Tibetan Settlement in Mainpat, Chattisgarh, and the nearby Tibetan settlements of Bhandara in Maharashtra.