Nevada (US), Dec 21 (ANI): In a remarkable interfaith gesture, well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was welcomed in Padma Rigdzin Ling Buddhist Center in Nevada (USA).
Venerable Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche, leader of the Center, honored Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, for his interfaith work and presented him with a "blessed khata" (traditional ceremonial white silk scarf symbolizing auspiciousness and goodwill) "recognizing his charisma and his very special qualities as a religious leader".
Lama Rinpoche and Rajan Zed discussed similarities in various Buddhist and Hindu traditions and how both could cooperate in common causes such as social development, ecological responsibility, peace, etc., and stressed the importance of loving and peaceful inter-relationship. They planned to continue the dialogue in future for their shared quest for the truth.
Padma Rigdzin Ling Buddhist Center is based on the teachings of the Buddha Sakyamuni and follows Nyingma Buddhist tradition carried by Lama Rinpoche, 56, who claims lineage going back over a thousand years and who studied at the Lhundrup Dorje Ling Monastery in Qing Hai (Tibet) and who meditates about seven hours daily. Center's vision is "to accomplish the Enlightenment of all sentient beings through our actions of body, speech and mind" and its belief is that anyone can accomplish Buddhahood and Inner Peace through the development of a genuine compassionate heart.
Rajan Zed is a religious statesman who has taken up Hindu, interfaith, religion, environment, Roma and other causes all over the world. He is one of the panelists for "On Faith", a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post, and has been bestowed with "World Interfaith Leader Award". He is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to New York headquartered Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy, Director of Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families, etc. (ANI)