By Tenzin Sangmo
Buddhism in Russia, file Photo by Asian Tribune
DHARAMSHALA, May 30: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in an interview with Sputnik, a Russian government-owned news agency, hailed the initiatives of the Russian president toward the situation in many countries across the globe.
"I think that Russia is a great nation, very powerful. Recent events showed that Putin as a leader of the Russian nation pays more attention to the issues in different parts of the world. I think that is good," he admitted.
In the critical global scenario like today, His Holiness stressed that it is important that Russia’s President takes into consideration a wider perspective and a long-term interest.
His Holiness added although he doesn’t have the right to criticize, it is unfortunate that President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord and sold billions of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has been unleashing a military campaign in Yemen since 2015. Now the Yemeni nation, ripped by diseases, starvation and lack of proper medical care, faces the worst humanitarian crisis in its modern history.
His Holiness also said Russia, as “a bridge between the East and the West,” could make a significant contribution to the promotion of peace of mind.
"When I was in Tibet [before 1959], we had many top scholars and abbots of big monasteries who came from Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuwa," he added.
His Holiness said Russian Buddhists should acquire knowledge about psychology, quantum physics, and logic from the Buddhist texts and study them in the academic context.
“It'll be of benefit for all people - religious people and non-believers," he noted.
In the same interview, His Holiness said monarchy as a form of a political system is totally outdated and democracy is the only acceptable system in today’s reality.
"Today time has come for democracy. The world belongs to seven billion human beings; each country belongs to people of that country. When people think properly, are educated, then I don't think they would be determined to kill each other. I don't think so," he said.
The Dalai Lama cited the example of the European Union system and made a comparison of the relationship between the member states before and after World War –II, a change of focus from self-interest to common interests.
He also suggested that Russia should once join the European Union.