By Tenzin Monlam
Grigory Avetov, CEO of Synergy Business School, Russia talking to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Delhi on August 3, 2017. Photo - Jeremy Russell_OHHDL
DHARAMSHALA, August 4: Countries have to seek Beijing’s permission before inviting anyone to their respective countries, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama jokingly during an interview with Moscow-based Synergy Business School in Delhi yesterday.
As a part of the school’s Synergy Global Forum, Rector Grigory Avetov and journalist Dmitry Portnyagin extended an invitation to the Tibetan spiritual leader to attend the forum in person in future.
To this His Holiness humorously responded, “While countries have to seek China’s permission about who they invite, and while hardliners brand me a splittist, a terrorist and even a demon, it doesn’t seem very likely.”
The Dalai Lama, however, left them a slight hint when he said ‘hopefully one day in Moscow’, as they were leaving after exchanging goodbyes.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s 3-day Botswana trip from August 17-19 has been heavily protested by the Chinese government and has pressured the government in cancelling the visit. However, the African nation had said that they would allow him in their country as ‘foreign dignitary’.
In the interview for the forum, His Holiness said that the use of force is an outdated approach and that Russia has great potential in contributing towards making this century ‘a century of dialogue’.
“Russia is a great nation and the Russians are cultured people. The nation has great potential and if it is employed with compassion and a sense of the oneness of humanity, she’ll be able to contribute to making this a century of dialogue, rather than another era of violence,” said the Dalai Lama on future of Russia.
He also asserted that the use of force in the name of self-defense is ‘old thinking’ and it is time to maintain friendly relationship with others.
“If our basic human nature were anger, there’d be no hope, but because it is largely compassionate there is hope. Being concerned with the welfare of others is the basis of our survival. The reality is we need and are dependent on each other, so the time has come to work together,” said the 82-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate.
Being a strong advocator of inclusion of secular ethics in school curriculums, the Dalai Lama pointed out that the existing education systems aim at material goals. He advised, “Those who have been brought up in this way aspire for material success with little appreciation that inner peace is something that comes about in the mind. Nevertheless, material development alone will not make humanity happy.”