Tibetan language must to keep Nalanda tradition alive: Dalai Lama

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2015 21:11 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said the best interpretation of the Buddhist tradition based on Nalanda masters was available only in the Tibetan language.

"The unique quality of Tibetan Buddhism is that it is based on ancient India's Nalanda Buddhist tradition. It is the common thread that binds all the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion," said the Dalai Lama during the great prayer festival.

The 79-year-old Nobel Peace laureate said the ancient tradition of Nalanda could best be interpreted by the Tibetan language.

"There are a number of people showing interest in learning Tibetan because of their interest in Buddhism," he said, adding that for the Nalanda tradition to remain, the Tibetan language has to exist, and it is the responsibility of Tibetans to preserve their language.

Expressing concern over the low population of Tibetans both in exile and in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said the monastic community, which is a large portion of Tibetan population, should be meaningfully dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama said lasting peace at every level of society in the world would come only if there was peace and compassion within every human being. "Peace will not come by simply releasing pigeons into the air," he said.

The spiritual leader said the younger generation had a potential to create a compassionate society and a compassionate world.

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