Mussoorie, September 16
The spiritual and religious head of the Tibetan community, Dalia Lama, received
what can be termed as a red carpet welcome on his arrival in Mussoorie today.
Dalai Lama reached the 'Queen of Hills' around
1.20 pm and headed straight for Woodstock School, which is hosting the
spiritual guru for the fourth time.
The Tibetan students at Woodstock welcomed the
Dalai Lama by singing the Tibetan national anthem. He was then welcomed by
Woodstock School Principal Jonathan Long, who described the Nobel Laureate as
'a man of peace and compassion deeply committed to non-violence, a respected
world leader and a force for the good of humanity.'
The 14th Dalai Lama urged students and staff at
Woodstock School to remember their common humanity rather than seeing
difference in religion or nationality.
Addressing a large audience in the school's Win
Mumby gymnasium, the Dalai Lama, who was visiting Woodstock for the fourth time
since his exile from Tibet in 1959, said: " Sometimes we are guilty of
forgetting we are fundamentally human beings and brothers and sisters."
He recognised the international diversity of
Woodstock, a place "with students from many different countries, where
students stay and study to become brothers and sisters."
He stressed that people should not be divided in
today's globalised economy, as "we are the same people; national
boundaries and religious differences are not important."
The Nobel Prize winner urged the audience to act
with compassion and forgiveness, whether this was motivated by religious faith
or a common humanity.
He also warned the audience to take seriously the
issue of global warming, which would affect future generations. He concluded by
encouraging the audience to stay positive, as "everybody loves a
Speaking on successful life, he said: " All
human beings have the same goal and that is to have a happy life, and in order
to achieve that successful happy life, you need education. So provide education
Speaking on corruption, the spiritual head said:
"I think a big portion of Indian people are religious minded but despite
that corruption has seeped deeply in society, especially among the business-
minded people, officials and in some other professions. If people have self belief,
then there will be no room for corruption and injustice in society."
He reminisced about his time in Mussoorie in 1959
after first fleeing Tibet, and he frequently had the crowd in fits of laughter
as he made a number of self-deprecating jokes.
After his speech, the Dalai Lama was asked a
series of questions by students from Woodstock School.
The 77-year-old Lama, when asked about how he
kept his youthful vigour, replied with pun intended by saying that normally it
was "top secret" but a good eight to nine hours of sound, peaceful
sleep was the key. He also said the key to good physical health was a healthy
mind and a positive mental attitude.
The Principal, Woodstock School, Long, and his
wife Sue, presented the Dalai Lama with a souvenir on the occasion.
Thereafter, he left for Buddha Temple, where he
was welcomed by a 2-km-long queue of devotees, staff, ex-students from Tibetan
Homes Foundation and Central School for Tibetans dressed in traditional attire
all along the road.
The Dalai Lama will rest overnight at Buddha
Temple in Happy Valley.
He will be attending a function organised on the
occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of Tibetan Homes Foundation