The Dalai Lama has said he has taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious harmony and is committed to reviving ancient Indian knowledge. In a virtual address from his residence in Dharamshala on his 86th birthday , the Tibetan spiritual leader thanked people from across the globe who greeted him on his birthday and said he would continue to serve humanity and combat climate change.
‘Since I became a refugee and settled in India, I have taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious harmony. I want to assure you that for the rest of my life I am committed to reviving ancient Indian knowledge,’ said the Dalai Lama, whose real name is Tenzin Gyatso.
‘I really appreciate the Indian concept of secular values, not dependent on religion, such as honesty, karuna (compassion) and ahimsa (non-violence),’ he added.
‘Now that it is my birthday, I want to express my deep appreciation to all my friends who have really shown love, respect and trust. I can assure you that I am committed to serving humanity and working to protect the climate,’ he said.
The Dalai Lama urged people to practice non-violence and be compassionate towards each other.