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21st Century should be a Century of Compassion: Dalai Lama

By Hemant Pande

November 2017

KalingaTV News Network

Bhubaneswar: Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama has been honoured with 10th “KISS Humanitarian Award” at a special function held at 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 around 27,000 indigenous students of the institute and a host of dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called for making this century a century of compassion and peace.

“Previous century was marred by violence – There were 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, rather it comes from inside. We need to destroy our anger, aggression and jealousy. Anger and violence always bring disaster and creates a fearful atmosphere. World peace can be achieved only by inner peace”, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

“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 KISS to carry out experiments to include moral education.

Instituted by KIIT and KISS founder Dr. Achyuta Samantain in 2008, the prestigious “KISS Humanitarian Award” is presented annually to distinguished personality who makes exceptional humanitarian contribution to the society.