Dharamshala: - Delivering the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace in the University of Maryland, US, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama on May 7, 2013 remarked that the younger generation of today “have an opportunity to create a better world on the basis of the oneness of humanity."
His Holiness added that “continuing to dwell on the secondary differences between us, while overlooking the oneness of humanity and humanity’s needs will lead to disaster."
His Holiness was joined on the panel by University of Maryland President, Wallace Loh, Dr Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali, the founder of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute and Dr Jehan Sadat, widow of the late Anwar Sadat, former Egyptian President and Nobel laureate, in whose memory the lectures are organised.
President Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 for his role in negotiating the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. His Holiness told Mr Sadat’s widow that “he was an admirer of the actions he took to overcome mistrust and suspicion."
He further added that “that peace in the world must come from inner peace within individuals and the source of that inner peace is compassion for others” and that “people have different attitudes and approaches; they have different ways of life. But when we realise the common aim of our various religious traditions, we can develop mutual respect, and on that basis we can learn from one another."
The ultimate challenge, according to His Holiness was to “achieve a demilitarised world."
While talking about inter- religious harmony, His Holiness appealed to the Buddhists in Myanmar to stop ongoing violence with Muslims and to “remember the face of the Buddha and to reflect that if the Buddha were among us today, he would offer those Muslims his protection."
Later His Holiness participated in an interfaith dialogue titled ‘Meeting of Two Oceans: Dialogue on Sufism and Buddhism’. Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali, founder of the Roshan Institute said that His Holiness reminded her of the “high ideals of Sufism and the saying ‘You are what your heart is'.”
When asked about education, His Holiness said that “education is what shapes the world”. “We need to educate people to understand their own well-being depends on others, whereas problems derive from a lack of inner values”, he further added.
President Loh also conferred upon His Holiness, an Honorary Doctorate, felicitating him with a hood and citation.