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PTI 10 Aug 2018, 02:32 PM India

Dalai Lama voices commitment to revive 'Nalanda-tradition'

Bengaluru, Aug 10 (PTI) Ruing that India has lost the

'Nalanda tradition', Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

today 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 theSanskrit 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

seculartradition but what he was speaking of was Nalanda

tradition,which is "an academic subject."

The spiritual leader reiterated that he was committed

to remaining with China provided it gave them full right to

preserveTibetan culture and language.

He pointed out that the deal would benefit both

Chinese and Tibetans mutually.

"So far as money is concerned, remain within the

limit of China. Mutually we can do immensely. Then,

preservationthoroughly about our culture, knowledge," Dalai

Lama said.

He hailed India's first prime minister Jawaharlal

Nehru for his assistance to build Tibetan monasteries and

learning centres in India by allocating land in different

parts of India.

The Dalai Lama expressed his gratitude towards the

then Karnataka chief minister S Nijalingappa who gave a large

chunk of land at four different places having five

settlements.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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