(TibetanReview.net, Feb13, 2017) – The Dalai Lama on Feb 12 laid the foundation stone for a New South Asia Hub of the Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) think tank founded to honor his vision and call for a holistic education that includes the development of human and global ethics. The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet also gave a talk on Ethics, Values and Wellbeing at the HITEX Open Arena in Khadaguda in the south Indian state of Telangana whose government co-organized the event.
Among those who received the Dalai Lama at the site was the state Governor ESL Narasimhan who joined him in unveiling the foundation stone. Also present were the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali and state minister Kalvakuntle Taraka Rama Rao, besides Tenzin Priyadarshini, founding president and CEO of the Dalai Lama center. The site is situated in the state’s capital Hyderabad.
In his address the Dalai Lama spoke of his dream of the creation of a union of the whole world – and a demilitarized one at that – while expressing admiration for the spirit of the European Union, which he said was formed to place the common interest above that of individual nations after decades and centuries of war. He said this spirit should develop in Africa, Latin America and Asia as well. In particular, he felt that the Asian giants that include China, India, Japan and other countries must form some union.
The Deputy Chief Minister thanked the Dalai Lama for gracing the foundation-laying event and blessing the people of the state. “You are not only the spiritual leader of people of Tibet but to all humanity across the globe,” he said.
Tenzin Priyadarshini called Hyderabad a strategic site for designing and disseminating programmes that were most relevant to the issues pressing humanity and its leadership in current times.
The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values is dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical and humane dimensions of life. It is a collaborative and nonpartisan think tank which focuses on the development of interdisciplinary research and programmes in varied fields of knowledge, from science and technology to education and international relations. “Our programs emphasize responsibility and examine meaningfulness and moral purpose between individuals, organizations, and societies,” the centre says on its website.
About 2,000 people attended the event while several thousand others joined the web cast from all over the world, reported telanganatoday.news Feb 12.
The state government hosted a luncheon for the Dalai Lama.
On Feb 13 morning the Dalai Lama returned to his exiled home at Dharamshala, rounding up a 12-day tour, beginning Feb 2, that took him on schedules to New Delhi, Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) and Hyderabad.