Dharamshala: Nobel peace laureate and the Tibetan religious leader the Dalai Lama today presided over an interfaith conference titled “The ik-noor Interfaith Conclave” at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar.
In his address the Dalai Lama said, “I really believe and also practice oneness of entire 7 billion human being. As a buddhist monk and practitioner, entire seven billion human beings are our mother and therefore we say mother sentient being. So we truly seven billion human being are brothers and sisters,” His Holiness added that peace should be developed at the individual level so to be able to share with others and not to only think about money as you will be able share only money with other people.
“India’s tradition of Ahimsa and Karuna is very relevant which is the means to promote the basic human values for warm-heartness and that too through secular way”. His Holiness informed the need of hygiene of emotion with the hygiene of physical that is provided in the schools.
The ‘Ik Noor Inter-Faith Conclave’ is part of a week-long celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, organized by the Punjab Government.
The conference was held in the presence of Finance Minister of Punjab, Honourable Manpreet Singh Badal
The interfaith dialogue was chaired by leaders of different faiths including Swami Shuddhidananda, Ramakrishna Mission, Maulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi, Founder of Anjumana Minhaj-e-Rasool, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Former Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Bishop Samantha Roy, Church of North India, B.K Usha, Brahma Kumari, Syed of Ahmadiya Mission and Dr Monica Gupta, Shri Aurobindo Mission. Vice Chancellor of the University also marked his presence. Professors, teachers, staff and students of Guru Nanak Dev University attended the conference in the audience.
The spokes person of Dalai Lamsa office here said that earlier in the morning satureday, the Dalai Lama visited the Golden Temple and met with the members and representatives of the Golden Temple. They offered a shawl and a souvenir of Golden Temple to His Holiness. the Dalai Lama also had Prasad offered on the way out from the main temple at Golden Temple, Amritsar, and left for Dharamshala in the afternoon.