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4january20101"The 20th century belonged to science and technology. The present 21st century would belong to spirituality and nonviolence," Tibet's political and spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, told reporters yesterday.

His Holiness asserted that Jainism and Buddhism are at the forefront in promoting peace and nonviolence around the world. "Jainism and Buddhism are like twins who have brought along with them the message of one-ness and nonviolence for the world," he stated.

The exiled leader also visited a camp for the physically challenged, where over 25,000 disabled people are being treated free of cost. The "Mobility Camp", held in Palitana, began on 23 December and will continue till 9 January. His Holiness later visited the Jain temples in Palitana and interacted with Jain scholars.

"There can never be world peace until there is inner peace, so we have to first achieve that," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in a discussion with around 1000 Jain monks.

He added, "World peace can be achieved only if all the religions get together."

His Holiness will visit Gujarat again on 16 January, when he is scheduled to grace the International Buddhist Conference in Vadodara.

His Holiness today arrived in Bodhgaya, where he will give a five-day sermon. Over 50,000 people from all over the world are expected to assemble at Bodhgaya's Kalachakra ground to hear the discourse by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, IANS report stated.

Thousands of Tibetans, foreigners, and Chinese have already arrived in Bodhgaya from many international locations, including India, the US, Taiwan and European countries, to attend His Holiness's teachings.

The 1500 year-old Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya, 110 km from Patna, marks the legendary site where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago. It is considered the holiest of all Buddhist shrines.

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