Dalai Lama


7th February marked a startling day as we witnessed an entire auditorium brimming with women all around, each of them more captivated than the next, completely engrossed in the sweet words of his holiness,  the 14th Dalai Lama, Lhamo Dondrub who with his tranquil saffron robe and delightful chuckle instantly put the audience at ease.

Before we set out to describe how this event was and always will be one for the serene and prestigious walls of Jesus and Mary College, it is important to reiterate why the Dalai Lama seems to bring metaphorical peace doves with him and fill a feeling of awe in everyone’s eyes. Tibetan Buddhists believe him to be the 14th reincarnation of the original Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader who was born in 1351 and who was said to be the reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara, Buddhism’s Bodhisattva of Compassion.

The Commerce Department organised this event almost effortlessly with security and sanity both intact despite the over imposing crowd of college students and faculty. The sole objective of this Talk was to enlighten the audience on Compassion, Mercy and Universal Responsibility in a way that opens up your mind and does not leave you feeling intimidated. All our eyes and senses were open as the Dalai Lama spoke about how everyone’s ultimate desire is happiness and our devotion to god and segregation based on religion has nothing to do with that ultimate goal. We live in such cushioned environments that the only grief that reflects in our eyes is from the Television channels. His holiness gave a befitting example of how proud Punjabis are and their need to display their beliefs which sent the audience in raves.

The Dalai Lama collaborated his energies to make us envision a world of ‘Oneness’ and ‘Compassion’ because human beings are social animals and their first instinct is to be compassionate and we need to train our minds to bring that out more. The only solution to mould our minds it to further educate ourselves and to remember that affection in turn brings affection back to you.

The World’s individual identities must be put aside to focus on global issues like global warming where someone’s faith or religion does not need to interfere with one’s notion to do good for themselves and for others. He spoke about how institutions like various colleges in Delhi University have blossoming potential to produce compassionate human beings because that is what you are remembered for, he then went on to express his undying adulation for Mother Teresa and her devotion to society. He was particularly peeved by how there are segregations and various excuses for violence even within religions like in Islam even though the religion is based on one Quran.

He believes that there are scientific approaches to meditation that facilitate you in moulding your minds to exude more compassion and prevent the overflow of emotions which is when people take imbalanced decisions.

Dalai Lama
“We must utilise logic and so we must investigate, we do not accept easily, why? And how?” Image credits: Natasha Maria, Jesus and Mary College


“We must utilise logic and so we must investigate, we do not accept easily, why? And how?” said the Dalai Lama on his scientific approach to expanding your mind. Questioning is a part of the key pillars on the path to a sound mind.

There were without a doubt various questions raised by the audience including some by both keen students and members of the faculty. As a response to a question on militancy, his holiness asked us to tap into our intelligence and not rely on negative actions and bullying as a coping mechanism, he touched on relations between China and India and stated that they needed to trust each other and above all “De-militarize”. He urged the millennials present there to maintain their moral principles no matter what profession one might choose because each professions fills a vital place in the world.

He concluded by cementing a belief of responsibility in each of us through analytical meditation and quietness which is where we tend to open up to our realisations more. Teachers and students must have a cooperative and open relationship where there is a lot of room for dialogue and that is how students can be steered to the right path, through trust. If one’s mind is peaceful and smiling then physical ailments can go away because such is the power of the mind.

 Feature Image: Mehak Dhawan, Jesus and Mary College

Baani Kashyap

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29 January – 2 February 2013

Press Conference

Date:     Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Venue:  Press Club of India (New Delhi)

Time:    15.00hrs  

Day 1:  Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Public Gathering with Address by Prominent Indian Political Leaders

Venue:  Talkatora Indoor Stadium

Time:  12.00hrs – 16.30hrs

Day 2:  Thursday, 31 January 2013

Interfaith Prayer and Peace March from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar

Venue:  Rajghat and Jantar Mantar

Time:  10.30hrs – 16.30hrs

Day 3:  Friday, 1 February 2013

Mass Prayers and Daylong Fast

Venue:  Jantar Mantar/Parliament Street

Time:  10.30hrs – 16.30hrs

Day 4:  Saturday, 2 February 2013

Public Gathering with Indian Supporters and Speeches by Indian MPs/Prominent Indians

Venue:  Jantar Mantar/Parliament Street

Time:  10.30hrs – 16.30hrs

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Tomorrow, 14th January 2013 Delhi University and the Mind and Life Institute has organised a dialogue with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama to discuss Science, Ethics and Education. Apart from Dalai Lama, Professor Dinesh Singh: Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi, Arthur Zojonc: President of Mind and Life Institute, Richard J. Davidson: Professor of Psychology Wisconsin-Madison University, ThuptenJinpa:  Scholar neuroscience studies, Stanford University, Tania Singer:  Director Mask Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and brain sciences will also be present to talk about these topics.

The venue has been fixed at Convention Hall, Vice-regal lodge, University of Delhi and the first round starts from 9 am to 12:30 am and the second from 1:30pm to 4:30 pm. To participate in the event, the interested Delhi University Student has to send a write up of 100 words on why he/she wants to be a part of the discussion. We can say that it is a once in a life time opportunity to see and hear his holiness talk about the topic which so closely relates to us.


Aishwarya Chaurasia
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Mcleodganj is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is the largest Tibetan refugee settlement in India. Little Lhasa, as Tibetans fondly call it, is also the home to Tenzing Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibetans. Though it’s a temporary refuge, every inch of it blooms with the aroma of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage.

It derives its name from Sir Donald Friell Mcleod, a lieutenant Governor of Punjab and also one of the founders of Punjab University. “Ganj” is Hindi for “neighbourhood”. After the second Anglo-Sikh war in 1849, a subsidiary cantonment of the British Army was stationed at Dharamshala. By 1855, two major civilian settlements emerged, namely Mcleoganj and Forsythganj. However, a massive earthquake in 1905 destroyed these twin towns, killing approximately 19,000. It was only after fifty years, that the town regained its importance with the setting up of Tibetan government-in-exile.

Here are some of the tourist attractions,

  • Tsuglag Khang or the Dalai Lama Temple – It is the most important site in Mcleodganj. The Tibetan monks and ordinary people come here to pay their respects to Dalai Lama and to pray. Many tourists come here to understand Tibetan Buddhism and seek solitude.
  • St. John in the wilderness – The word “wilderness” has been very aptly associated with this place. Set in the lush green valley of Forsythganj and facing the snow-capped mountains of the Dhauladhar mountain range, this Anglican Church is known for its neo-Gothic stone buildings and Belgian stained glass windows, donated by Lady Elgin. While taking a stroll in the serene and green campus, you are momentarily transported away from the hustle bustle of cities.
  • Dal Lake – Every year an annual fair is held here and hundreds come to take a dip in this holy lake.
  • Tibetan Monastery – Enter through its gates and you will find yourself surrounded with trees, water rushing along the lanes, ponds with pretty orange fish and Tibetan children running around the place. The campus houses a temple, school and a shop. The food at its café is mouth-watering. Its specialties are Chilly Paneer and fried potatoes with basil. The café provides the ideal situation to revel in the calm atmosphere and enjoy the delicious food, accompanied with a good book, if you’re fond of reading.
  • Bazaar – If you begin to crave for shopping after all the Dharamshala Darshan, head to this market. Old women setting up their jewellery stalls, young boys playing Tibetan romantic music at their shops and momos stalls are a common sight. Here you can find Tibetan dresses, junk jewellery, bags, footwear, all at very affordable prices. It also boasts of cafes like the Rogpa Café, a charitable trust that offers brownies and coffee and other such eateries. Hotel Curry Leaf is another place to tickle your taste buds. Their spring rolls are quite popular as well.

As a traveler, you often wonder how difficult it is to stay in an alien land, knowing that your own people are back in their homeland fighting for freedom. How does it feel to not know whether they will live to see the day Tibet gains freedom? How does it feel to create a new Tibet? How does it feel to struggle to establish your identity in another country?

“Yes, it’s difficult. But our Dalai Lama is here. And wherever he is, our centre, our hearts lie.”, says an old lady at the shop, erasing all my doubts.