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Dalai Lama for promotion of secular ethics among youths

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Tibetan spiritual leader today urged spiritual leaders of all religions to remind the younger generation the importance of India's tradition of secular ethics.

"has become a little bit materialistic and the younger generation talks more about money than spirituality, but spiritual leaders must remind them material development provides only physical comfort and not mental comfort," he said while addressing an Interfaith Conclave on Peace and Religious Harmony here.

"There is too much of me ... Me ... Me and this leads to exploitation, bullying and cheating. It is in our interest that we should pay more attention to others, including non- believers," the said.

"We have to work more seriously for religious harmony by promotion of human values and secular ethics through education," he said, adding that the younger generation must be reminded of India's thousand-year tradition that material development with spiritual knowledge was very important.

He said, "Schools educate on hygiene which is not adequate by itself. There must be teaching on both physical and emotional hygiene.

First Published: Sat, February 01 2014. 19:17 IST