Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Friday pointed towards the negative campaigns that took place in the lead up to the Tibetan general elections held in March, cautioning the community-in-exile against sectarian divide.
He was speaking at the swearing in of Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay, who took the oath of office for his second term as PM. At the event, Sangay said he hoped that the half- a- century old “Tibet issue will be resolved peacefully” during the “lifetime of spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama”.
“The danger of regional and sectarian divide loomed large during the elections. I was pained to see degradation of morality and overtones of regional loyalty. It is very unfortunate,” Dalai Lama said in his speech at the swearing-in ceremony.
“Unity of the three traditional provinces of Tibet is of primary importance. We have preserved our traditions over centuries and our culture is based on this unity. Therefore, we should do away with this warped sense of loyalty to regions and move on as one,” he added.
Being followers of Buddha, the spiritual leader said, we should be embarrassed at we happened during the election campaign.
“I don’t blame the majority. However, there are some fringe elements within the community who take pleasure in dividing the society on regional lines,” he noted, urging Tibetan leaders, staff and public to keep unity of Tibetan people in mind.
The most important aspect of the Tibetan movement, he further said, should be to fulfill the aspirations of Tibetans who continue to remain in Tibet and the Tibetan movement should be based solely on the principle of non-violence.
“I have worked wholeheartedly for the Tibetan cause for over 57 years,” the spiritual leader said, adding that although he has devolved his political responsibility he would continue to work for Tibet’s culture and religion.
With our hard work and the generous assistance of the Indian and other foreign governments and organisations, the Dalai Lama said, we have reached a stage where we are unique among equals.
He further called for a renewed emphasis on holistic education for Tibetan children.
“There are over 1.5 lakh Tibetans in exile. We should not just be satisfied with a successful livelihood. We should focus on a holistic education of our children,” he said. “Despite the great heights that modern education has reached, it is still inadequate when it comes to inner values.”
Dalai Lama also traced the roots of Tibetan Buddhism to the Nalanda tradition of India and said it was among the best in the world, primarily for being based on scientific analysis and logical study.