21st Century Should Be A Century Of Compassion: Dalai Lama

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Bhubaneswar: Nobel laureate and Tibetan spiritual guru the Dalai Lama was honoured with the 10th “KISS Humanitarian Award” at a special function held at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here on Tuesday.

President of KIIT & KISS Saswati Bal and Founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta presented the prestigious award before an audience of over 25,000 students of the institute and a host of dignitaries.

Speaking on the special occasion, Dalai Lama, the Monk, called for making the current century a century of peace and compassion.
“The previous century was marked by violence – There were two World Wars in which atom bombs were also used. Brains of brilliant scientists were utilized for destruction. Let the 21st century be the century of compassion and peace. Peace does not come from outside but comes from within. We need to kill our anger, aggression and jealousy. Anger and violence always bring disaster and create an atmosphere full of fear. World peace can be achieved only by inner peace”, the Nobel Peace Prize winner advised the audience.

“Past is past, but future is in our hand. Your generation is the custodian of 21st century. You are the people who can create new shape of future. You have the opportunity and responsibility to create a new world”, he told the students.

“Compassion is intrinsic in human nature. All seven billion people of the world have come from mothers. Our lives start with mothers’ love. So we all must share love. All human beings are same – mentally, physically and emotionally. Division of people on the basis of caste, colour, etc. is totally wrong. Underprivileged people should not have inferiority complex. You should be self-confident and work hard”, 82-year-old Buddhist monk said.

Deliberating on the role of education, he stated, “Existing modern education is inadequate as it focuses on material value and fame. Secular education should include moral education. Research is now going on to figure out how best to do it”. He suggested the students and the youth to carry out experiments to include moral education.

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