Earlier in the day, the 14th Dalai Lama met with a group of Russian scientists at his Indian residence in Dharamshala for a debate on the universe, evolution and spirituality. The two-day event in Dharamshala continues a 30-year tradition that brings together Tibetan monks and scientific minds from around the world to discuss fundamental issues.
“Russia, geographically, is a bridge between the East and the West. Very important [one] … Traditionally, we have some connections [with Russia] … During the 13th Dalai Lama['s reign], we had some contacts with the Tsar and [even] during the Lenin time, after the revolution, some delegations from the Soviet Union came to us,” the 14th Dalai Lama said, welcoming the Russian scientists.
The ongoing discussion is based on the opinions expressed by the Dalai Lama in his 2006 book called "The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality." The event was organized by the Moscow-based center of Tibetan culture, a Save Tibet nonprofit, and the Dalai Lama’s own foundation.