Make 21st century a century of dialogue: Dalai Lama

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New Delhi, Jan 5: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has termed as “unthinkable” the killings in the name of religion and in national interest and asked the world to resolve conflicts through talks and make the 21st century a century of dialogue.

He also asked the world to work on ways to reduce and finally eliminate the killings in the name of religion and in national interest.

The Dalai Lama reiterated his three commitments that he had pledged to follow until death and urged others to do likewise, which include three commitments of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline; promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions besides commitment to work to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist ecology and culture of peace and non-violence to promote human values.

“Killings in the name of religion and in national interest is unthinkable, we have to work how to reduce and finally eliminate this. We should solve conflicts through talks and respect other peoples interests…. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue,” he said while addressing a gathering to commemorate his 80th birth anniversary here.

The Tibetan leader who has been living in exile in Dharamshala spoke about how people outside India often found it incredulous that different faiths continued to coexist in harmony in the country.

“India should take more active role to show that different religions can survive together,” he said, adding India is one of the few countries in the world that has been able to maintain its tradition of cultural harmony over 1,000 years.

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The Tibetan spiritual leader was felicitated for his 80th birth anniversary by friends and admirers spanning leaders from different political parties besides a galaxy of thinkers, writers, actors and other walks of life from across the world.

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