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Kalam, Dalai Lama share thought on peace, spirituality

The Tibetan spiritual leader travelled an extra mile to receive former President with whom he later held a discussion on world peace and spirituality at his residence in Dharamshala.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2009 20:02 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today travelled an extra mile to receive former President APJ Abdul Kalam with whom he later held a discussion on world peace and spirituality at his residence in Dharamshala.

In a kind gesture towards the 'missile man', the 73 year old Tibetan temporal head himself travelled to Gaggal airport, about 25 km from Mcleodganj, to receive the former president.

Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile Samdhong Rinpoche accompanied the Nobel laureate.

When mediapersons queried Kalam at the airport about the purpose of his meeting with the Dalai Lama, he said, "I am a great admirer of religious and spiritual thoughts of the Tibetan monk."

The thoughts of the Dalai Lama should be respected worldover, he said.

However, Kalam refused to comment on the question if he supported the five decade long Tibetans movement against the Chinese authorities.

Later, Kalam and the Tibetan guru travelled in the same car to the later's house at Mcleodganj.

Sources in the Dalai Lama's office said that the two shared thoughts on world peace and spirituality for nearly 40 minutes at his house.

Later, Kalam left for Hamirpur where he would be the chief guest at annual convocation of National Institute of Technology (NIT) tomorrow.