NEW DELHI : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “ practical level.” “I think, great potential… India and China combine are doing more compassionate work… At a Practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children. The spiritual leader, who has lived in India 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 countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China. “All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said. The Nalanda tradition had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non–violent nation, he said. He said nobody in the world wanted violence 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 Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values.India can take lead in Improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said.