His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to members of the press during his three-day visit to Sankisa village in Farrukhabad district on Friday to take part in a two-day 'Dhammapada sammelan' starting on January 31.
The spiritual leader also inaugurated a library at the Youth Buddhist Society (YBS) Centre at Jasrajpur in Mainpuri, informed Suresh Baudh, national president of the Youth Buddhist Society (YBS).
"This is the place where the Buddha descended to earth after teaching his mother. I came here once before and I'm here again at your invitation. The YBS has started a library here and I'd like to express my appreciation of all the hard work that has gone into it. In this place that is sacred to the Buddha I pray there may be more such development.
While interacting with the news-persons, they asked what he thought of Mr Obama's comment that India must preserve harmony among its religious traditions. His Holiness replied that India is a living example that religious traditions can coexist and live together side by side.
He added that in our increasingly globalized world we need to acknowledge that there are several religions and several truths. With respect to Mr Obama's visit to India, His Holiness spoke of the importance of good relations between India, the democracy with the largest population, Japan, the most industrialized and developed Asian democracy and the United States that is the leader of the free world.
"If India, Japan and the US, which are considered to be progressive nations, have cordial relations and mutual trust, the whole world will grow," His Holiness told the media when asked about better relations between the nations.
Talking about the recent visit of US President Barrack Obama to India, he said that it will yield modest tangible results. "Mutual respect for each other, tolerance, love and compassion are the essence of Buddhism which can bring peace, amity and religious harmony," His Holiness said.
Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the anniversary on Friday which is observed as Martyrs' Day, the Dalai Lama said that Gandhi had dedicated himself to fostering the ancient Indian traditions of non-violence and inter-religious tolerance and harmony.
Regarding Indo-Chinese relations he remarked that these two great countries have to live together and it would be better to work to build trust and better relations between them.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged people to spread the message of love and peace as violence and hatred only leads to the path of destruction. He also called for removing growing global tension caused by violence with the spread of the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Stringent security arrangements have been made in view of threat perception to the spiritual leader of Tibet. District magistrate N K S Chauhan and superintendent of police Vijay Yadav said that he is being provided security as per protocol.
His Holiness on Tuesday said that "although the historical Buddhist site is in ruins, the Buddha's teaching is not ruined. In fact many intelligent people today are taking an interest in it," said His Holiness during the first day of his two day teaching at the YBS grounds in Sankisa.
He mentioned that since he first came to Sankisa in 1960 several temples have been built. However, he stressed, as he said he always does, that the teachings are more important than temples and statues.
"We'll begin with a recitation of the Mangala Sutta in Pali by local monks, followed by the Heart Sutra mantra. While the basis of the Pali tradition is the teaching of the Four Noble Truths, the 12 Links of Dependent Arising and the 37 Harmonies of Enlightenment, the basis of the Sanskrit tradition is the collection of Perfection of Wisdom Sutras."
He said that Nagarjuna had commented extensively on the explicit meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, emptiness, and Maitreya had explained the implicit meaning, the path.
After addressing an audience of more than 20,000 on Sunday, on February 1, 2015, His Holiness met with Mr Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. His Holiness expressed his appreciation to the Chief Minister of the unspoilt natural beauty of the area, the clear pollution free air and its relative proximity to Delhi.
His Holiness told him, it has good potential for development as an attractive place of pilgrimage. He also spoke enthusiastically about the learning centre the YBS have planned, which he hopes will offer opportunities primarily for academic studies. The Chief Minister promised his support.
YBS said that a hotel close to the venue has been booked for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Hotels in the city are almost full and visitors have been accommodated in nearby districts. More than 25,000 people have registered themselves to listen to discourses.