Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said the relationship between India and Tibet was that of a 'guru and chela' (teacher and disciple).
"India is the guru and we are reliable chelas. Since we have produced Buddhist scholars according to Nalanda tradition, we could be termed as reliable chelas for keeping the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism intact," the Lama said.
He was speaking on the inauguration of a park named 'Buddha Smriti Park' here on 'Buddha Purnima', the holy day on which Lord Buddha was born, got Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana (unity with the absolute).
The Dalai Lama also named the 200-foot-high main stupa dedicated to the memory of Buddha as 'Pataliputra Karuna Stupa'.
"Things were changing in China since the 1959 crisis. Over the last two years, more than 1,000 articles have been written by 200 Chinese authors who are very supportive of our stand of an independent Tibet," the Lama said.
He said historically China too had Buddhist affiliations and there were over 200 million Chinese Buddhists which was more than the number of Indian Buddhists.