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21st Century Would Certainly Be More Peaceful

August 24, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 23, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama said
he is optimistic for a much peaceful and better
world in the 21st century, and emphasised India's
role in strengthening the world peace.

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The concept of strong self interest "as my nation
and your nation," which prevailed in the early
part of 20th century, became the basis of
violence and war. But that demarcation reduced in
the later part with the advent of world as a
single entity due to global economic and
environment factors, His Holiness told reporters
during a press conference in Manali on last Friday.

His Holiness said people became more civilised in
their way of thinking in the later part of 20th
century. Even though there are handful of
mischievous people, majority are fed up with violence.

Another factor that he says led to a more
peaceful world is due to closer connection
between science and spirituality. After new
findings on quantum physics, scientists are
taking more interest in studying the human mind
and emotions. He said many of his friends, who
are renowned scientists, consider his explanation
on Buddhist teachings as science and not religion.

Maximum utilisation of human intelligence in
transforming human emotions through Buddhism and
science plays a very important role in developing
happier family and society, His Holiness added.

There were unhappy events in the early part of
this century, but on the whole there is a
continuation of the principles that took root in
the later part of 20th century. Therefore, I
believe there is no doubt that this century will
certainly be more peaceful, he said.

Role of India in strengthening world peace

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said India's
stability and its deep rooted democracy could
play a vital role in promoting peace in the 21st century.

Speaking of religious conflicts in today's world,
we very much need India's millennia-old tradition
of non-violence and religious harmony. So,
wherever I go, I always carry these two messages, His Holiness said.

His Holiness was in Manali to preach on Gyalsey
Thokme Sangpo's 37 practices of Bodhisattva.

His Holiness returned to Dharamsala this morning.
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