Have libraries in places of worship, says Dalai Lama

IANS, Feb 7, 2011

Panaji, India -- Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama Monday suggested that the numerous temples of worship mushrooming across the country should also house libraries along with statues of deities.

'There should be libraries in temples instead of just statues,' the Dalai Lama said, adding India has been a storehouse of information for the last 3,000 years and that libraries in temples would motivate people towards education and learning and to know more.

'Once someone told me about building a Buddha statue. I told him a Buddha statue does not speak. Instead of a statue, print more books, that is more important,' the Dalai Lama said, speaking here as part of a Goa government-sponsored lecture series.

The spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama runs the Tibetan government-in-exile from India after fleeing his homeland in 1959. It is not recognised by any country.