People must first accomplish internal disarmament before aiming for external disarmament: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said people must first accomplish “internal disarmament” before endeavouring to achieve disarmament externally

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said people must first accomplish "internal disarmament" before endeavouring to achieve disarmament externally.

Addressing delegates from over 35 countries at a global conference of educators here, he also pitched for making the subject of compassion an important part of school curriculum.

"The 20th century saw a lot violence and killings, World War I, World War II and other sufferings. In today's world too, violence is taking place and money being spent on making destructive weapons to create more fear and hatred," the Dalai Lama said.

He asserted that problems can never be solved through acts of violence and issues should be resolved through dialogue.

"Achieving disarmament in the external world is important but first we humans must achieve internal disarmament, that is also important," the 83-year-old spiritual leader said, adding, "Anger is of no use, it only leads to destruction." "The young generation... must begin work towards making a peaceful 21st century," he added.

The Dalai Lama reiterated that the 21st century should be a "century of peace, non-violence and compassion".

"Our eduaction system focuses on making us run after materialistic things. Compassion should be part of the curriculum, and one can begin with basic education on that subject as one does with other subjects like maths and science and languages. It is important to make out children compassionate towards fellow human beings as they grow up," he said.

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