Report by Arvind Sharma; Dharamsala: Dalai Lama joined Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal and members of the state legislative assembly (Vidhan Sabha) at a breakfast reception organised in their honor by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile at the main temple here this morning.
The leader of the opposition Congress Party, Mrs Vidhya Stokes and Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Tulsi Ram were also present at the reception. Members of the Tibetan Parliament's standing committee also joined the reception.
Expressing his happiness over receiving the invitation to the breakfast reception, Chief Minister Prof Prem Dhumal said the Dalai Lama is the greatest living Buddhist monk, Mahatma Buddha of this era, and an apostle of Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non-violence.”
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, , said that it was one of the most sought after opportunity for him and his cabinet colleagues to seek blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama while they were to attend the Winter session of HP Legislative Assembly at Tapovan, Dharamshala. He said that people of Himachal Pradesh were blessed with the benign presence of HH the Dalai Lama at Dharamshal
Prof Dhumal said India and Tibet cherish a long historical and religious ties. “I pray for the long and healthy life of the Dalai Lama. May the issue of Tibet be resolved soon and the relationship between Indians and Tibetan peoples continue to flourish,” he said.
Dalai Lama said “India and Tibet share a relationship of teacher and student”, adding, “he as a student has special connection with the host Himachal Pradesh state as two of his teachers, Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen and Rigzin Tenpa belong to Himachal.”
He said Himachal Pradesh has proved very auspicious in helping him to contribute to the promotion of Buddhist values and serve humanity, and to highlight the plight of the Tibetan people inside Tibet for the last more than 50 years in exile.
He said “ We have known each other very well and get a feeling of meeting old friends whenever occasions arise for such meetings.I have witnessed different chief ministers during the last 50 years, which is the strength of Indian democracy and the people's mandate in choosing a competent democratic leadership".
Recounting his visit to a Buddhist temple in the Indian state of Bihar, He said during the visit, the state chief minister expressed his hope that the state would enjoy progress due to the blessings of Lord Buddha. "But I told him the state could have achieved progress a long time before if it needs only Buddha's blessing. I said the real development would only come through practical action by the concerned chief minister with the blessings of Buddha,” he added.
The members of state Vidhan Sabha are in Dharamsala to take part in the winter session of the assembly.