Goa : The Dalai Lama led a symposium on the ‘Relevance of Ancient Nalanda Teachings in our Modern Times’ to the students and faculty of Goa University at Kala Academy Auditorium in Goa. On the same occasion, The Dalai Lama also launched the Dalai Lama Chair for Nalanda Studies at Goa University which is funded by the Foundation for Universal Responsibility. The Dalai Lama had an hour-long discussion with esteemed members involved in the launch of a new chair at the university.
Vice-Chancellor of Goa University, Prof. Varun Sahni in his welcome address remarked, “Yesterday was a very special day for Goa University as the university signed a memorandum of understanding with a foundation for Universal Responsibility of The Dalai Lama . The day also coincided with the 30th anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize Conferment to The Dalai Lama ”. He observed that it was a hallowed day in more ways than one. Prof. Sahni explained that the new chair at the university will focus on the study of wisdom and aspects of ancient Indian tradition under the umbrella of modern Indian University.
Apart from the study of Nalanda texts, he said that the course will encompass meditation and training of mind, logic, and debate. Furthermore, Buddhist’s metaphysics, conflict resolution, peace, and gender study will be incorporated into the knowledge domains. “If the Indian education system is to ever emerge as a fountain of creativity and innovations, we must emulate, incorporate and recreate the Nalanda tradition in our institution of learning,” said the Vice-Chancellor.
“The entire tradition of scholarship would have been lost forever had it not been transplanted north of the Himalayas in the great Buddhist monasteries of Tibet. Now the time is ripe for the Nalanda tradition to once again be transplanted this time from the Tibetan monasteries to Indian universities”, he added.