Dharamsala: Fifty-three years after he made India his second home, the Dalai Lama has developed a taste for dal-roti and has imbibed the virtues of secularism.
Recalling his stay here ever since fleeing his homeland in 1959, the Tibetan spiritual leader said the “biggest thing” that he had learnt after coming to India was “how not to be a hypocrite”.
The Nobel prize winner said he used to be an active member of the Chinese Communist Party from 1951-59 in Tibet and “like others I also honed my talent in hypocrisy. But this vice ended only when I came to India”.
After coming to India and staying here for so long, he said, had “learnt so many things from Indian culture and religion”.
One of the things which he highlights is developing the taste for north India’s staple food dal-roti.
“After living in India for over 50 years, I have developed great taste for Indian food like dal-roti. Whenever I get an opportunity I taste this great Indian dish,” he told PTI here.
The exiled leader who, along with thousands of Tibetans, has made Dharamsala their home, described India as a seat of learning and frequently referred to the Nalanda university in Bihar.