Materialistic World needs Buddha's Message of Truth and Non-violence, says His Holiness
Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009, 10:48 a.m.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Buddha Vihar in Gulbarga on Monday, 19 January 2009/Photo:Express News Service
Dharamshala: Underlining the need to revive the spirit of tolerance, ahimsa(non-violence), peace and truth in this growing era of materialism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said India must once again spread the ahimsa philosophy to make this world a garden of peace and tolerance, The Times of India's online website reported.
“It is India that led the world in tolerance, peace and non-violence and once again, it is India that should revive the 'ahimsa' philosophy to make this world a garden of peace and tolerance," His Holiness said after the unveiling and consecration of the gold-coated, 400-kg 'panchola' Buddha, in a sitting posture, at the newly-constructed Buddha Vihar at Gulbarga in the south Indian state of Karnataka on Monday.
Religious fervour and gaiety marked the ceremony, which was attended by a huge crowd of around one lakh. The proceeding was telecast on digital screens amid thunderous applause and chants of ‘Buddham sharanam gacchami’.
Many people from districts across the state, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra attended the event. Religious leaders chanted ‘Sarva dharma sammelan’ before the consecration ceremony started. Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living led His Holiness the Dalai Lama into the massive structure built on 75 acres and assisted the latter in completing the ritual.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama appreciated the efforts of the Buddha Vihar Trust that built the structures. "These structures are a tribute to Buddha and his philosophy."
Sri Sri Ravishankar stressed the need to revive and spread Buddha's message of tolerance, peace and non-violence. "It is time for people to follow Buddha, Basava and Ambedkar and their preachings in every aspect of life," he added.