His Holiness the Dalai Lama
FLO organised an interactive session with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader on January 21, 2017 at FICCI.
His Holiness underlined the need to encourage more women leaders saying they are more compassionate and sensitive towards others. “The world today needs leaders with compassion as compassion towards others builds trust and loyalty. Women, biologically are more sensitive towards others, that means the world needs more women leaders.”
“We must take steps wherever necessary to improve educational opportunities with emphasis on secularism and hygiene for all, especially women, so every one lives a healthy life,” the Dalai Lama said while addressing FLO members.
Batting for woman empowerment, the 81-year-old spiritual leader said they are more suited to be in leadership roles for they are inherently equipped with compassion and went on to suggest that a “female Dalai Lama” was very much a possibility.
The Dalai Lama, who took shelter in India after fleeing Tibet in 1959, said India’s tradition of respecting all religions as well as non-believers was “very relevant” in contemporary times while underlining the virtues of secularism and tolerance.
“Dialogue” should drive the 21st century, the Dalai Lama on Saturday said, hoping that newly elected US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will “work together” for a peaceful global order.
The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made the remarks while observing that peace and non-violence was “growing” in the current era as he lauded the role of multilateralism, especially the European Union (EU).
“I am one of the admirers of EU and look forward to African Union, Latin American Union, Asian Union and one at the global level. Using force has become outdated. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue,” the Dalai Lama said, and exuded hope that Trump and Putin would work together.