10th Dr.TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture on Saturday, December 7, 2013

HH, the Dalai Lama, delivered the keynote address on Sacred Values and Conservation at the 10th Dr.TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture on Saturday December 7, 2013. The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture is an annual event organised by ATREE.

HH noted the rapid pace of change in the Himalayas, the abode of Gods and sacred landscapes. It is also the water tower of Asia and the melting of glaciers due to climate change as a result of global warming is a cause for concern, he noted. In his usual humorous style sprinkled with anecdotes, HH deftly wove several ideas that ultimately have a bearing on the way we live, the way we treat one another, irrespective of class or colour. He repeatedly emphasized the need for compassion. Even though he is a deeply religious person, he stressed the value of action over prayers. We need to think of the future generations, especially as we are social animals not living just for the day. The growing gap between the global north and the global south and the economic divide between the rich and the poor is also an important cause for conflict in society.

Just as we need to reduce the stress on ecosystems through research and action, so too humans can reduce stress and anxiety in the self through meditation, developing greater trust in others. That will alone lead to greater harmony in society.

HH, the Dalai Lama gave away the TN Khoshoo Award for 2013 to AVANI, a civil society organization working in the Kumaon Himalayas. Rashmi Bharti and Rajnish Jain, the co-founders, made a brief presentation on how they are working to build local capacity for more sustainable livelihoods based on local resources.

Dr. Balachander, the Director, ATREE, made the opening remarks and Mr. Raj Khoshoo proposed the vote of thanks for a successful event that was held at the Chinmaya Mission Centre Auditorium, New Delhi.