Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, 4 January 2012 (by Tendar Tsering, phayul.com) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama formally received the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace earlier today during his Kalachakra teachings at Bodh Gaya.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama
receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and
Peace from Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter Mahatma Gandhi, in Bodh Gaya,
India, on January 4, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
Referring to the South African government’s tacit
delay in issuing the visa, Gandhi said “it was very painful for the
people in Africa for not being able to present the award to His Holiness
“There is no justification for failing to issue the visa timely,” Gandhi added.
However, the grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi acknowledged that it was a “blessing” to be honoring the Dalai Lama on the “special spiritual occasion” of Kalachakra.
“Words of Mahatma Gandhi and His Holiness challenge us all to lead a more humanitarian, a more humble and simple life,” Gandhi said.
After receiving the Gandhi statue, the 76-year old Tibetan leader said that these days “more and more people” in the world are appreciating the virtues of non-violence.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking after receiving the Mahatma Gandhi Award in Bodh Gaya, India, on January 4, 2012. Photo/Getty Images|