Focus on oneness, not differences: Dalai Lama

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 20:53 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Wednesday called upon people to focus on oneness of humanity as against the differences in society.

“We should focus on the equivalence of one another rather than highlight the differences,” said the spiritual leader while beginning his three-day teaching on 'Shantideva's guide to Bodhisattva's Way of Life' at Tsuglakhang temple near his abode at McLeodganj.

The teaching, organised at the request of a group of devotees from south-east Asia, is being attended by around 5000 devotees from 62 countries.

The Dalai said that person could not survive solely on his own and the economy of the whole world is also inter-connected.

“We are dependent on each other for our survival. Even for our daily livelihoods, we are dependent on others. However strong, intelligent or wealthy a person is, it is not possible to survive solely on his own,” he said.

“When one country is in crisis, the effects of that crisis can be felt in other places as well. Therefore, we should think of the world as one and move forward together,” he added.

Speaking on the disastrous impacts of environmental degradation, the Dalai Lama said that the world is facing serious implications of natural disasters due to global warming.

“The destructions caused by natural calamities are being faced by the whole world. Nature doesn't divide us on the lines of religion or whether we are believers or non-believers. Therefore, we should think of each other and be unified in our approach,” said the Noble peace laureate.
The teaching will conclude on September 26.


Meanwhile, four Nobel peace prize laureates have announced to boycott the 14th Nobel Peace Summit scheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in support of the Dalai Lama. The South African Government had denied Visa to the Dalai Lama, who was to attend the summit.

Tibetan National Congress (TNC), which ran an online campaign urging Nobel laureates to boycott the summit, in a statement here said that Nobel peace prize laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee and a representative of the peace prize winner organisation 'International Campaign to Ban Landmines' announced that they will boycott the summit.

The TNC has sent over 6,000 signatures to Nobel laureates, urging them to boycott the Nobel Peace Summit unless the Dalai Lama is allowed a visa to attend it.

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