Yamunanagar: Tibetan Spiritual Leader the Dalai Lama has appreciated a documentary on Buddhist sites in Haryana.
“The documentary film throws interesting light on stupas and monastic remains in the state of Haryana. This work is admirable. It not only reveals part of India’s heritage but also brings to public attention the far reaching contribution that Buddha and his followers have made to it,” he said in a message to Sidhartha, director and producer of the documentary film “Dhammachhetra – The Lost Land of Buddha”.
Earlier, the film was screened at Tibetan parliament-in-exile, Kurukshetra University, Tibetan University (Sarnath), Kagyu College (Dehradun) and other educational institutions.
Talking to The Tribune, Sidhartha said the crew involved in the making of the film was in high spirit after the words of appreciation by the Dalai Lama. He said they would soon organise the screening of the film in different Asian countries to create global awareness about the outstanding history of Buddhism in Haryana.
Sidhartha said many people knew that Buddha attained enlightenment and taught in India more than 2500 years ago, but not many were aware about how widely the practice and study of his teachings flourished in India, he said, adding that its evidence could be found in the remains of Buddhist monuments that dot the Indian landscape.
The Buddhist Forum, a non-profit organization based in Yamunanagar, has begun to take interest in the preservation of Buddhist monuments all over the country.
“I am often asked whether Buddha’s teachings are relevant in the present day. Like all religions, Buddhism deals with basic human problems. As long as we continue to experience the basic human sufferings of birth, diseases, old age and death, no question can be raised on its relevance. The key is inner peace,” he said. “If we have inner peace, we can face difficulties with calm and reason. The undisturbed teachings of love, kindness and tolerance, the conduct of non-violence and especially, the Buddhist theory of interdependence are a source of that inner peace. This is what I hope people will remember when they view this film or when they visit the monuments it depicts,” Sidhartha added.