Dalai Lama voices commitment to revive ‘Nalanda-tradition’

Dalai Lama voices commitment to revive ‘Nalanda-tradition’
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Ruing that India has lost the ‘Nalanda tradition’, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Friday expressed his commitment to revive the ancient Indian knowledge. The Tibetan spiritual leader emphasised that modern India needed this ancient knowledge and hence, it should be revived.

The Dalai Lama said in the 7th century a Tibetan emperor introduced the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism based on reason and logical conclusion and got the Sanskrit texts translated into Tibetan language in 300 volumes.

He rued that India lost the Nalanda tradition. “My latest commitment is to revive the ancient Indian knowledge in modern India. We have already started some steps, some progress.”

The Dalai Lama was speaking at a programme ‘Thank You Karnataka’, which is part of the Tibetan government in Exile celebrating ‘Thank You India for giving shelter to Tibetans.’

Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy was also present. Nalanda was the biggest monastery and Buddhist learning centre which was destroyed by medieval-era invaders.

India, he said, was the only nation in this planet which can combine ancient Indian knowledge about mind, psychology and the way to tackle destructive emotions.

Explaining to the audience what Nalanda tradition means, the Monk said it never agrees but questions every doctrine with a logical approach and investigates. He, however, clarified that he respected India’s secular tradi...

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