New Delhi. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday took part in the Global Buddhist Conference and addressed Buddhist monks and other dignitaries gathered for the two-day event here. Sources gave this information. The Dalai Lama emphasized on Buddhist philosophy and values in his address of about half an hour.
The first-of-its-kind conference began on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the inaugural session. In his address, Modi had said that the world is grappling with challenges like war, economic instability, terrorism, religious extremism and climate change and the thoughts of Lord Buddha offer solutions to these problems.
The conference is divided into academic and association sessions. An official source said that media persons were allowed only for the inaugural session, the rest of the sessions were not open to the press. The source, however, confirmed that the Dalai Lama took part in the conference on Friday morning and addressed Buddhist monks and other dignitaries.
“In his nearly half-an-hour address, the Tibetan spiritual leader spoke on compassion, wisdom and meditation,” he told PTI, adding that these three values are integral to Lord Buddha’s teachings and his philosophy.
At a press conference here on Monday, the organizers said an invitation had been sent to the Dalai Lama but it was not yet confirmed whether he would attend the conference. An official source in the Dharamsala-based Central Tibetan Administration or CTA (government-in-exile) confirmed this on Friday morning and told PTI that “the Dalai Lama will attend the event.” Confederation (IBC) is hosting the conference from April 20 to 21 at the Ashoka Hotel.
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