The Dalai Lama and Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev enjoyed each other's company at a course on "Secular Ethics for Higher Education" was launched by the Dalai Lama at a Mumbai based Institute on Sunday, August 14, 2017. All pictures/PTI
The course aims to provide a common foundation for multi-cultural diversity based on universal values of dignity and equity
The course has been developed under Dalai Lama's guidance, a release by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences said
"In the current border situation, neither India nor China can defeat the other. Both countries are militarily powerful," the Dalai Lama said. Both the countries will have to live together as neighbours, he said. "There may be some incidents of cross-border firing. It does not matter," he said
"Earlier, the Dalai Lama used to be the head of spiritual and political movements in Tibet, but in 2011, I totally retired from politics. It was a way of democratising the institutions, because it had some feudal elements in it," said the 14th Dalai Lama
India and China have been locked in a standoff in the Dokalam area since June 16 after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction. Commenting on the definition of secularism in the Indian context, the Dalai Lama said, "Respect for all religions and even the non-believers too. This is the definition of secularism in Indian context"
The course which starts on August 19 will be offered to all Masters students and M.Phil and Ph.D scholars and will involve 30 hours of teaching and 60 hours of practice
He said India should develop a pilgrimage for Chinese people who follow Buddhism. These people can come to places like Bodh Gaya and can come closer to India emotionally as well.
He suggested that India should "develop pilgrimage for Chinese" people who are followers of Buddhism
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said India and China cannot defeat each other and both the countries will have to live together as neighbours. The spirit of "Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai" is the only way forward, he stressed