New Delhi — Expressing hope that US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will work together for global peace, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said the world needs more leaders with compassion, while addressing the FICCI Ladies Organisation in New Delhi.
He said the world is headed towards peace and non-violence as countries including Japan and European Union are working towards peace and nuclear disarmament, and hopes Trump and Putin will come closer and work towards creating global peace.
Stressing over the need for peace to prevail across the globe, he called for dialogues with a sense of concern at all levels for solving problems of violence in the world, further reiterating the importance of dialogue over violence and how the leaders across the globe must work towards making this a century of dialogue and not one of violence.
"World is moving towards peace and non violence as using force has become outdated world wide. I hope newly elected US president Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will come closer and work towards creating global peace .", said His holiness The Dalai Lama.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has met former US presidents, including four meetings with Barack Obama, had said in Mongolia in November that he had 'no worries' about Trump's election as US president and looked forward to meeting him after he took office. His exchanges and dialogues have not been received too well by Beijing and Dalai Lama has also been allegedly accused of trying to split Tibet from China in the past.
Refuting all accusations hurled at him, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's firm commitment to a resolution that has Tibet as a part of the People's Republic of China, the need to unify all Tibetan people into one administrative entity, and the importance of granting genuine autonomy to the Tibetan people within the framework of China's Constitution. But with an emphasis on stronger protection for its traditional Buddhist culture and more active political participation by Tibetan people.
The Tibetan spiritual leader at the event, also underlined the need to encourage more women leaders, emphasizing on how they are more compassionate and sensitive towards others and why the world needs more leaders with compassion as compassion towards others builds trust and loyalty. He said that women are biologically more sensitive towards others, implying that world could definitely do with more women leaders.
"We must take steps wherever necessary to improve educational opportunities with emphasis on secularism and hygiene for all, especially women, so everyone lives a healthy life," the Dalai Lama said while addressing the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in New Delhi.
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate called for the need to develop compassion and warmheartedness to survive in the exceedingly inter-dependent world.
"We should all develop inner value of compassion as all religions in common teach us cultivating love and compassion. Although they advocate different philosophical views, purpose of every religion is to ultimately support the practice of love and compassion.", he said, adding that there is a dire need to focus on oneness and equality of all human beings, alleviating completely the ideology that promotes 'us' and 'them' which leads to nothing but conflict.
Tibet was invaded by Communist China in 1949. Since that time over 1.2 million out of 6 million Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed— acts of murder, rape and arbitrary imprisonment, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were inflicted on the Tibetans inside Tibet, Beijing calls a "peaceful liberation".
In 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama along with thousands of others escaped to India, where he was given political asylum. The spiritual leader has set up a government and rebuilt monasteries where masters pass on their teachings to young monks. Tibetans in exile have succeeded in gradually rebuilding their monasteries, preserving their culture and restructuring their society and keeping it alive, in spite of the extremely difficult circumstances.
For his part, the Tibetan spiritual leader travels around the world spreading a message of Peace and Universal Responsibility. He believes that the common aim of all religions, an aim that everyone must try to find, is to foster tolerance, altruism and love. He retired from politics in 2011. But, as one among six million Tibetans, His Holiness said he will continue to serve the cause of Tibet.
The Tibetan leader seeks genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the scope of the Constitution of the PRC through Middle Way Approach. But Beijing's Communist regime views the spiritual leader as an agitator and has repeatedly rejected calls for autonomy for his homeland of Tibet.