Dalai Lama Asks World to Learn Peace and Tolerance from India

The Dalai Lama visited Pune and addressed a huge gathering of about 25000 on Sunday on the occasion of the 2550th anniversary of Mahaparinirvana of Buddha.

Praising India for its proverbial saying of "Unity in Diversity", the Dalai Lama said that the world could take a lesson in peace and tolerance from India.

"The world today is torn apart in the name of religion. India, on the other hand, has religions that were born inside it and those that came from other countries. Despite this, it treats different religions at par and is highly tolerant", he said, adding that people should try to learn the principles of different religions which espouse the Universal message of peace and non-violence.

Stressing that Buddhism doesn't treat Buddha as a God, the Dalai Lama said that Buddhism believes him as a human being. "Buddha was a human being and he lived a normal mortal life. Hence, we do not call Buddhism a religion of Gods, but a religion of the people", he said.

Some of the information were based Express News Service of India, ANI and Tibetnet.