Dalai Lama to convene meeting on diverse spiritual traditions in India

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 19:20 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, on Monday, left for New Delhi where he will be convening a meeting on 'Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India' on September 20 and 21. Some of the most important issues ailing the society, particularly in context of India, will be discussed in the meeting.

“India has been the birthplace of one of the world's greatest civilisations, giving rise to multiple systems of philosophical schools, spiritual and faith traditions,” said a post on spiritual leader's officials website, adding “Philosophical thoughts, including Sankhya, Yoga, Vaishasika, Nyaya, earlier and later Mimamsa, Bodh, Jain and Charvaka emerged and developed with extensive interactions and debates among them reaching to a high level of sophistication.”

Similarly, many of the world's great spiritual lineages originated in India: Vedic, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Jain, Buddhist as well as Kabir and Sikh. In addition to these indigenous traditions, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Bahai were introduced into India and flourished.

For more than five decades, the Dalai Lama had frequently met with and engaged in numerous dialogues with Indian spiritual leaders, scholars and activists. Drawn from the experiences of these efforts and exchanges, the idea of this meeting was conceived.

It was being hoped that this meeting would be a platform for spiritual leaders to arrive at a strategy for making concerted efforts in tackling many pervasive problems and promoting ethics, said the post, adding “By coming together and discussing, it may be possible to consolidate our efforts in this regard.”

Besides, the meeting will discuss various issue related to religion, faith, mutual understanding and environment.

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