Dalai Lama Opens International Buddhist Conference

China on Monday slammed India for allowing the Dalai Lama to inaugurate a Buddhist conference at Rajgir in Bihar, saying that it was "strongly dissatisfied" with the move.

"In recent days the Indian side, in total disregard of China's stern representation and strong opposition, insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend the worldwide conference on Buddhism held by the Indian government", foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Buddhist monks and scholars from various countries participated in the seminar "Buddhism in 21st Century".

The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala since fleeing his homeland in 1959.

He emphasised the need for refinement of emotions while adding that compassion was as much the make of human beings as violence.

One thousand delegates are attending the conference, according to the Indo-Asian News Service. Prominent Citizens and Senior Administrative Officers were present at the State hangar to welcome Dalai Lama.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and other dignitaries released a Pali Tripitaka book at the inaugural session of the Conclave.

"Recently, India ignored China's solemn representations and strong opposition and insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend an global Buddhist conference organized by the Indian government", Hua said. India has taken the view that the Dalai Lama, as a guest of India, is free to visit all places in the country. China has sent 90 members of the PLA Honor Guards to attend the event, which is part of Pakistan's republic day event to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of March 23, 1940, and the adoption of the first Constitution of Pakistan, Xinhua said.

The Nobel peace laureate is scheduled to attend the concluding function of The Assam Tribunes platinum jubilee and Dainik Asams golden jubilee celebration on April 1, before proceeding to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Zachary Reyes