His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to a Ladakhi Mosque
As you know, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a hero among Siddhartha School students for his disarming charm and the effort he makes to spend time and make friends in far-flung communities (be they geographically or philosophically distant from his own in exile).
During his trip to Ladakh this past summer, he visited a local mosque and shared his experiences traveling the world and going out of his cultural comfort zone just to be friendly in simple ways—sharing a meal, visiting a different place of worship, or providing opportunities for our children to expand their social circles.
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, speaking at a Ladakhi Mosque in July 2017:
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, travels the world, visiting countless faith communities. He stresses the importance of acknowledging, coexisting, and ultimately befriending different people to bring about a more enlightened society. This ‘befriending’ is what education is all about for him, and a major reason that he supports the Siddhartha School.
As a part of the Jammu and Kashmir state, His Holiness makes a point to visit the diverse communities of Ladakh, not just the Buddhist monasteries that call it their home, to promote diplomacy and mutual understanding.