Dharamshala — His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about the plight of indigenous peoples in various countries, saying that the aboriginals must be educated so that they can adapt the ways of the modern world.
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Virbhadra Singh, graced the second day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration organised by the Domey Association.
Extending his heartiest birthday wishes, the chief minister said, "I join with you all to wish a happy long life to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who leads not only the Tibetan people but humanity at large. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has not only been the leader of Tibet but also a teacher of peace, tranquility, brotherhood and goodwill among all the nations, for which he is recognised by the world community."
"We are very happy that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his government in exile are situated at Dharamshala in my state of Himachal Pradesh. We adore him and he is a leading example of tranquility and struggle and also of high thinking even under adverse conditions", he added.
Mr Edward John, a prominent First Nations Canadian political leader, reminisced His Holiness's recent visit to Australia where he met with a group of indigenous people and talked about their culture and language and the importance of keeping these in the family of humanity. He added, "I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for our children, grandchildren and over 370 million indigenous people across the world, how important the message is from you".
In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed deep concern over the plight of indigenous peoples in various countries. He said that the aboriginals must be educated so that they can adapt the ways of the modern world.
Speaking on the preservation of one's culture and tradition, His Holiness lay emphasis on the importance of a script to preserving one's culture and tradition. "As a Tibetan I am thankful and proud of my ancestors for having a very rich Tibetan script and language," he remarked.
His Holiness recalled his conversation with a black native who seemed emotionally and mentally cowed. His Holiness expressed his sadness at the man's belief that the brain of a black man is less abled than the brain of a white man. Referring to the inferiority complex that aboriginals seem to possess, His Holiness commented on the discrimination Tibetans face at the hands of the Chinese. "Had the Tibetans not curbed by limited opportunity, they would have been par with the Chinese people", His Holiness said. "The 21st century is the century of equality where one doesn't need to be submissive."
His Holiness further talked about the need to imbibe a sense of unity and interdependence. He said that "self-centeredness'' is the root cause of all the troubles in the world. "Due to the self-centered attitude, the world never ceases to create problems. We live in a community where we cannot stay isolated, thus we have to be dependent on others. Our happiness depends on how healthy our humanity is."
Sharing his thoughts on universal happiness, he said that the real nature of human kind is that of love and compassion, since the Creator himself is an embodiment of these virtues. He further added that, love and compassion are innate in every human being because since it's a derivative of the love begotten from our mothers.