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India, China doing good work, have great potential: Dalai Lama

The Tibetan spiritual leader was in New Delhi to attend 'The World of Children' initiative of the Smile Foundation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama poses for a group photo with school students during the inauguration of 'The World of Children' initiative in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Tibetan spiritual leader the on Sunday said and have "great potential" and they could work together at a "practical level".

"I think, there is great potential. and China, combined, are doing more compassionate work. At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together," he told reporters in New Delhi after inaugurating Smile Foundation's initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the "ability to destroy the other".

"Whether you like it or not, you have to live side-by-side," he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited (now in Bihar) and brought Buddhist traditions to

"All thinkers of are Indian. So Nalanda's tradition is India's tradition," he said.

The traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

"So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place," the said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted but it was happening "because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness".

"Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation."

The said the existing modern was oriented to material values. can take lead in improving the system by combining modern with ancient knowledge, he said.

First Published: Sun, November 19 2017. 19:15 IST