Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's guidance and preaching play a major role in building a society with human values, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday.
Felicitating the Dalai Lama on his 78th birthday at Sera Jey Debate courtyard at Bylakuppe, he said that the saga of sacrifice by the spiritual guru is a symbol of brotherhood and compassion.
The Tibetan leader propagated human values and peace all through his life and is a beacon of hope in the world, he added. He said that the Dalai Lama shares a unique place in the hearts of the people and recalled that the state has witnessed a strong bond in the Kannadigas - Tibetans’s relationship.
"Karnataka has always treated Tibetans as guests and has provided them basic facilities like roads, water and technical inputs for practising agriculture," he said. Siddaramaiah said that one should respect other people’s sentiments, develop tolerance, love for peace, have empathy and sympathy instead of greediness.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said the Dalai Lama is advocating peace and a new way of life to society.
He said that his government has taken steps to recruit teachers in government school to teach Buddhism and its values.
District Minister V Srinivasa Prasad, JSS seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Bishop Thomas Antony Vazyappilly and Kazi Moulana Mohammed Usman Shariff also hailed the Dalai Lama for promoting peace.
MP A H Vishwanath, Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad, MLAs K Venkatesh, H P Manjunath were present.