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Dalai Lama meets cast and crew of TV serial Buddha

 

By Phuntsok Yangchen

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Producer B K Modi with His Holiness at the latter’s residence/April 2, 2014

DHARAMSHALA, April 3: The cast and crew of Indian television series “Buddha” including its producer Mr B.K. Modi, met here with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. A special screening and a performance were also held at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Mcleod Ganj later in the day.

The 52 episode series that started airing on Zee TV and DoorDarshan National on September 8 2013 has completed its 30th episode last Sunday.

Speaking about his meeting with the Dalai Lama at a press conference, Modi said the Tibetan leader asked him to make sure the serial covers the Buddha’s message of Middle path, interconnectedness and being logical decision-making.

He also said the Tibetan leader was of the view that the purpose of the serial should be to let the people move away from a faith based society to a knowledge based society.

“In the world now, there is violence in the name of religion. Therefore it is important for India to raise its voice, and India is perhaps the only country that can bring peace in the world if it follows the Buddha’s teachings,” said Modi.

“India is the country which has been propagating the voice of Buddha all over the world and it is high time now that India takes a lead in creating peace in the world.”

Former Tibetan PM and academician Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and secretaries of various departments of Tibetan government in exile were also present at the screening.

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Samdhong Rinpoche said, “It is not an easy task to make a serial on Buddha, it must have been very difficult. As a friend, I was supposed to encourage him but rather I had discouraged him saying that it was very difficult and how people would react. But he stood firm and it’s been more than a decade now since he told me about it. And he did it. His dream came true and I congratulate him.

A short skit was also performed by Himanshu Soni (who plays Buddha), Neha Kumar Uppal (Aamarpali) and Abhiram Nain (Ajatshatru) for the gathering.

“It is indeed an honour to receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s blessings,” said Mr Subhash Chandra, CEO of Zee Networks, on which the series is aired. “Buddha is shown as one who has great compassion, is completely impartial, and embraces all living beings without discrimination. In today’s fast paced lives, Buddha’s teachings are perfectly suited to the challenges man is currently facing.”

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