Students and teachers attended an interactive session on ‘Peace’ with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama on December 21 2022 at SPS Gurugram. An audience of over 4,000 students, parents and teachers from all the branches of Salwan Public School assembled to hear the words of His Holiness. Sh. Sushil Dutt Salwan Chairman SET accorded a warm welcome and expressed his belief in the importance of peace and international understanding. To address and strongly push the idea of spiritual learning, Chairman SET announced that Centre of Spirituality will soon be established by Salwan Education Trust.
Floral tributes were offered along with a rendering of an interfaith invocation by the school choir. His Holiness emphasized the need for ‘Karuna’ and ‘Ahimsa’ in the world. He encouraged students to be more self-disciplined, to imbibe values and shift focus from material possessions to knowledge and internal peace. He reiterated that students would be in the forefront of world happenings and therefore should embark on a peaceful journey towards creating a harmonious world.
In his address, His Holiness mentioned the significance of education in development and from his perspective India developed to a great extent in the past fifty years. “The world today seems to be plagued with so many problems and the youth belonging to this generation today will be responsible for resolving and preventing most of such problems. Our future rests in your hands.”
Amidst jokes and laughter, he talked about peace, harmony and his commitment to humanity. “My two commitments today are promoting human happiness through non-violence and religious harmony. India is a perfect example for both,” he said.
Students performed a dance on the eight-fold path preached by Lord Buddha and recited poems on world peace.
Dalai Lama said, “Time is always moving on; nothing can stop it. We can’t change the past, but we can shape the future,” the Dalai Lama observed. “The more compassionate you are, the more you will find inner peace. The 21st century can become a more peaceful era if we adopt a realistic approach. But if it is to be achieved, we need to try now.”