Dharamsala, HP, India, 13 September 2014 (OHHDL) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama is convening A Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India to discuss some of the most important issues ailing our society today, particularly in the context of India. The historic meeting will be held on 20 and 21 September 2014 in New Delhi.
India has been the birthplace of one of the world’s greatest civilizations, giving rise to multiple systems of philosophical schools, spiritual and faith traditions. Philosophical thoughts like Sankhya, Yoga, Vaishasika, Nyaya, earlier and later Mimamsa, Bodh, Jain and Charvaka emerged and developed with extensive interactions and debates among them reaching to a high level of sophistication. Similarly, many of the world’s great spiritual lineages originated in India: the Vedic, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Jain, Buddhist as well as Kabir and Sikh. In addition to these indigenous traditions, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Bahai were introduced into India and flourished. India therefore came to be a true model of spiritual plurality and harmony. As such, the majority of the world’s religions and spiritual traditions have co-existed peacefully in India, flourishing side by side with harmony and mutual respect for millennia.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at an All Faiths Prayer Meeting at the Ramakrishna Mission in New Delhi, India, on September 11, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
It is hoped that this meeting will be a platform for spiritual leaders to arrive at a strategy for making concerted efforts in tackling the many pervasive problems and promoting ethics. By coming together and having discussions, the meeting hopes to consolidate efforts being carried out in this regard.