Kolkata: Describing conflict over religion in many parts of the world as “a matter of worry”, the Dalai Lama today hailed the Indian tradition of non-violence and secularism.
“There are conflicts over economy, political power and national interests, but conflict over the name of religion is a matter of worry,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said while addressing a programme at the Merchants Chamber of Commerce here.
“The secular ethics and non-violence are very important in today's world. India has a tradition of Ahimsa and secular ethics. With those ethics we can bring about a significant revolution across the world,” he observed. The 14th Dalai Lama appealed to make the 21st century a “century of peace”.
“The good thing about this country is religious harmony, then second thing is that this country is founded on secularism,” he said.
Talking about the true sense of knowledge, his holiness said, “Knowledge is something which helps you to ask questions and investigate. You have to have a open and unbiased mind to gain knowledge.”