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    Dalai Lama Rules Out Possibility of Nuclear World War

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    The Dalai Lama doesn't believe that a third world war is possible. At the same time, the Dalai Lama admitted that the world has recently found itself in a "difficult situation". He said people around the world were overwhelmed with "strong emotions" that had dulled their capacity to think critically.

    NEW DELHI/MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) — The 14th Dalai Lama does not believe that a nuclear world war is upon us, he said in an interview with RIA Novosti, but urged humanity to reign in their passions.

    "I don't see a real danger of a world war. Nobody will dare use this [nuclear] weapon. …Unless one or two individuals, mad people, have this opportunity… Otherwise I don't think a third world war is possible," Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

    Earlier this month, the Dalai Lama attended a World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Italy's capital Rome. Global nuclear potential was high on the agenda. The peace laureates underscored that the existing nuclear warheads stockpile was "hundred times stronger" than the bomb which wiped Japan's Hiroshima during World War Two, Tenzin Gyatso said.

    At the same time, the Dalai Lama admitted that the world has recently found itself in a "difficult situation". He said people around the world were overwhelmed with "strong emotions" that had dulled their capacity to think critically.

    "Too much emotion gets out of control – no room for thought and commonsense," Tenzin Gyatso noted, adding there was a deep rift between people who now preferred to think in terms of "them versus us".

    The Tibetan spiritual leader called on humanity to take control of their runaway emotions, and said he would pray for this emotional strain to gradually ease.

    The Dalai Lama, whose title literally means "Ocean Teacher" or the "Ocean of Wisdom", was speaking to RIA Novosti in the wake of his three-day teachings in India's New Delhi at the request of a 1,500-strong group of Buddhist worshipers from Russia.

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