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People world over fed up with violence: Dalai Lama

By R Dutta Choudhury

DHARAMSHALA, Nov 6 - The Dalai Lama is optimistic that the world will become a better place for the people to live in as there have been lots of positive developments in the last century and more and more people, particularly the young generation, are getting fed up with violence. He also observed that the growing awareness for protection of the environment is another major positive aspect of life that he has seen in recent times.

Talking to The Assam Tribune in his residence here, the Dalai Lama said that despite violence in some parts of the world, he sees a better future for the people. �I am optimistic that the world will become a better place for the people to live in,� he added.

The Nobel Peace Prize winning spiritual leader said that some of the events in the last century, particularly after the Second World War, show positive signs. �There was a time when different European countries used to fight among themselves, but now they have realized the futility of war and killings to form the European Union,� he pointed out.

The Dalai Lama observed that one of the most positive aspects he witnessed in recent times is that more and more people, particularly the younger generation, are fed up with violence and they want a peaceful place to live in. He pointed out that more people, including the scientists, are now of the view that the existing education system is not adequate and there is need to train the mind so that one can get peace of mind, which is very important for any person. He said the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism, which the Tibetans follow, gives stress on scientific way of research in addition to training the mind and more people are now getting attracted to that.

�The Queen of England witnessed the entire century of events and when I met her, I asked what she had observed in the century and whether the world would become a better or a worse place. Without any hesitation, she said that the world would definitely become a better place and I also support her idea. She also told me that when she was young, issues like human rights, rights of individuals, etc., were not heard of, but now majority people support such issues, which is a very positive sign,� he said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said another major development in recent times, which is encouraging for him, is the growing awareness for protecting the environment, which is vital for the future of the world. He pointed out that not only the people, the governments of different countries are also seriously thinking about protecting the environment, which is a very positive development.

The Dalai Lama pointed out that religious tolerance among the younger generation is another positive aspect that he has witnessed in most parts of the world in recent times. �I am a Buddhist. But I respect all the major religions and faiths, and request people to do so. I travel all around the world and I am glad to see that people of different faiths and religions come to meet me and give me their respect and love. This proves that people have started to respect each other�s faiths,� he added.

The Dalai Lama further expressed the view that India has a rich tradition of people of different faiths and religions living in harmony for centuries and India can teach the whole world how people of different faiths can live side by side in complete harmony.

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People world over fed up with violence: Dalai Lama

DHARAMSHALA, Nov 6 - The Dalai Lama is optimistic that the world will become a better place for the people to live in as there have been lots of positive developments in the last century and more and more people, particularly the young generation, are getting fed up with violence. He also observed that the growing awareness for protection of the environment is another major positive aspect of life that he has seen in recent times.

Talking to The Assam Tribune in his residence here, the Dalai Lama said that despite violence in some parts of the world, he sees a better future for the people. �I am optimistic that the world will become a better place for the people to live in,� he added.

The Nobel Peace Prize winning spiritual leader said that some of the events in the last century, particularly after the Second World War, show positive signs. �There was a time when different European countries used to fight among themselves, but now they have realized the futility of war and killings to form the European Union,� he pointed out.

The Dalai Lama observed that one of the most positive aspects he witnessed in recent times is that more and more people, particularly the younger generation, are fed up with violence and they want a peaceful place to live in. He pointed out that more people, including the scientists, are now of the view that the existing education system is not adequate and there is need to train the mind so that one can get peace of mind, which is very important for any person. He said the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism, which the Tibetans follow, gives stress on scientific way of research in addition to training the mind and more people are now getting attracted to that.

�The Queen of England witnessed the entire century of events and when I met her, I asked what she had observed in the century and whether the world would become a better or a worse place. Without any hesitation, she said that the world would definitely become a better place and I also support her idea. She also told me that when she was young, issues like human rights, rights of individuals, etc., were not heard of, but now majority people support such issues, which is a very positive sign,� he said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said another major development in recent times, which is encouraging for him, is the growing awareness for protecting the environment, which is vital for the future of the world. He pointed out that not only the people, the governments of different countries are also seriously thinking about protecting the environment, which is a very positive development.

The Dalai Lama pointed out that religious tolerance among the younger generation is another positive aspect that he has witnessed in most parts of the world in recent times. �I am a Buddhist. But I respect all the major religions and faiths, and request people to do so. I travel all around the world and I am glad to see that people of different faiths and religions come to meet me and give me their respect and love. This proves that people have started to respect each other�s faiths,� he added.

The Dalai Lama further expressed the view that India has a rich tradition of people of different faiths and religions living in harmony for centuries and India can teach the whole world how people of different faiths can live side by side in complete harmony.