New Delhi, Sept 5 (IBNS) A center for Tibetan Studies was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi on Monday during the 24th convocation of the university.
He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his contributions to the world peace and development from the university.
“When you talk about Tibetan Studies, all the important subject matter is taken from the Indian tradition. Historically, due to Buddhism spreading in Tibet, we share the guru-disciple relationship,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader while announcing the inauguration of the center.
“It is all your treasure which we studied, practiced and followed the whole life. Now is the time to return to the original source. The establishment of the center can show the usefulness of study of inner science,” said Dalai Lama.
He said: “There are around 300 volumes of Buddhist text translated from India, specifically from Pali language and very few from Chinese language. These can be summed up in three heads: science, concept and Buddhist religion.
“Science explains mainly the inner science, mind and emotions to apprise oneself with the reality. Concept explains the absence of independent existence while religion tells us how to pray and maintain contact with the inner realms.”
Dalai Lama also emphasized upon the constructive and destructive uses of education. “To use it in a constructive way, one must have more inner strength with self restraint. Moral ethics is the basis of happy individual, community and family.”
There were 23,780 bachelor’s degrees, 12,482 master’s degrees, 3 Ph.D.’s, 29, 269 diplomas and 46,364 certificates distributed during the ceremony with 28 gold medalists from Delhi and 9 cash awards recipients.