Ultimate purpose of Buddhism is to serve humanity: Dalai Lama

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Varanasi, Feb 16 (UNI) Tibetan spiritual head Dalai Lama today noted the ultimate purpose of Buddhism was to serve and benefit humanity.

''The important part of the story is how we Buddhists serve the society according to our own values and ideas,'' he said on the opening day of the two-day 'baudh mahasammelan' in Sarnath here.

Dalai Lama in his message said, ''Buddhism is a rich spiritual path, but it is also essentially practical. Buddhist teachings are not just for one group of people or a country, but for all sentient beings...people of high, medium and low intelligence can follow this path according to their respective level of intelligence.'' The Tibetan spiritual head added that India was the only country, whose civilisation and culture had survived intact from their beginnings. India and her people have from ancient times cherished a rich and sophisticated philosphies of non-violence and tolerance in the core of their hearts, he said.

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