China jittery over Dalai Lama attending Buddhism meet in Nalanda

21 March, 2017, 01:50 | Author: Leticia Walters
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The 81-year-old, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, inaugurated the worldwide seminar on Buddhism on March 17 in Rajgir in Bihar's Nalanda district, about 100km from Patna.

In his opening address, the Dalai Lama told Buddhist delegates and experts from 35 countries that all religions share one principle - love and compassion - and that all must promote religious harmony in order to overcome both historical and current problems created in the name of religion.

Buddhist monks and scholars from various countries are participating in the seminar "Buddhism in 21st Century" being held at International Convention Centre here, about 100 km from the capital Patna.

The Dalai Lama, who escaped from Tibet to India in 1959, also thanked New Delhi for being a "wonderful host which has offered him guest status for such a long time". Prominent Citizens and Senior Administrative Officers were present at the State hangar to welcome Dalai Lama.

The 81-year-old Dalai Lama inaugurated an worldwide seminar on Buddhism on March 17 in Rajgir in Bihar's Nalanda district, about 100 km from the capital Patna.

"There is a lot of expectations from Buddhism across the world", the Minister said.

Singh said the Buddhist scripture, The Tripitaka, a 41 volume text containing the words of Lord Buddha in Pali, has been reprinted in Devanagri script after a gap of around five decades, and will be released by the Dalai Lama.

China expressed Monday its discontent to the Indian government after the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama attended a public event in India. Mukherjee met with the Dalai Lama in December, causing China to say it was "strongly dissatisfied".

President of India Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to attend the closing ceremony on Sunday.

China calls the Dalai Lama a "dangerous separatist".

The Dalai Lama denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for his remote Himalayan homeland.

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