Modi attends Dalai Lama's discourse

Updated: 17 April 2010 16:32 IST

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi attended a discourse by the Dalai Lama and said he felt enlightened after listening to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Dharamsala:

In the eye of storm due to the Kochi franchise ownership row, Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi on Saturday attended a discourse by the Dalai Lama and said he felt enlightened after listening to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Modi, accompanied by his wife and players of Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers, attended a discourse by the Buddhist monk at "Chunglakhang" (Tibetan temple at Mcleodganj, about 15 km from Dharamsala).

"His teachings are very meaningful and one derives peace of mind listening to him," Modi said, showering praise on the 74-year-old Tibetan temporal head.

Andrew Symonds, Yuvraj Singh, Chaminda Vaas, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla and a host of IPL officials attended the discourse which was nearly one-and-a-half hour long.

The discourse was followed by a question and answer session in which Yuvraj Singh and others asked questions to the Dalai Lama.

Kings XI Punjab pacer S Sreesanth said he was impressed by the Dalai Lama's emphasis on achieving peace of mind.

"I will try to translate this (Dalai lama's stress on achieving peace of mind) in my personal life," Sreesanth added.

Sri Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas said the discourse had a soothing effect on him.

Earlier, the Dalai Lama said, "Goals can be achieved only when there is a peace of mind."

"When I was admitted at the Gangaram hospital in Delhi last year for an operation of gall bladder, the doctors referred me as young patient... this is because I have a peace of mind," the septuagenarian spiritual leader said.

Asked which is his favourite sport by Yuvraj, the Dalai Lama said, "I am zero. When I was young I used to play Ping Pong (Table Tennis). During that time I played a match against then China's premier Choung Lia and defeated him."

"When I came to India (in 1959) and and stayed at Swarg ashram building in Dharamsala there was a playground there and I played football.

"I like cricket but upto the matter that who is winning and who is loosing," he added.

Modi is embroiled in a row with Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor over the ownership issue of IPL Kochi franchise.

The dispute has grown with each passing day and even reached the Parliament where Tharoor while explaining his position claimed that his role was just of a mentor in the Consortium that won the bid for the franchise.

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