New India needs revival of its ancient teachings: Dalai Lama

Panaji: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on
Wednesday urged India to play a more active role in promoting religious harmony
in the world and serve as an example to conflict-torn countries.

The Dalai Lama was delivering a talk on ‘The Relevance of
Ancient Nalanda Teachings in our Modern Times’ at the Kala Academy, at Campal
in Panaji.

The Dalai Lama started his talk by elaborating on his
four commitments – to promote basic human values, harmony in the world, the
welfare of Tibet and the revival of ancient teachings in modern India.

“Modern education can be facilitated in today’s world
with the help of ancient teachings of Nalanda which are based on analysis,
research and experimentation. India is the only nation that can combine ancient
teachings of ‘Ahimsa’ and ‘Karuna’. Nowadays, more people are showing interest
in knowing about the ancient Indian knowledge and with this motive in today’s
generation, India can become more compassionate,” said the Dalai Lama. He said
that India’s existing education system should include the nation’s
1,000-year-old teachings on how to deal with our emotions. “At the same time,
science and technology are equally important,” he said.The Dalai Lama further
said that the nation’s education system should include teachings on controlling
one’s mind, as there is a need for special training to maintain peace of mind.
“We must understand that the human brain has positive emotions that need to be
strengthened and if these emotions are made strong, then the destructive
emotions will be reduced,” the Dalai Lama said adding that the ancient Indian
psychology was highly developed while the modern psychology looks like a
‘kindergarten’. “India has its own traditions and we need to revive them,” he
said.

Speaking about meditation, the Dalai Lama said that only
meditating will not be helpful. “For a mind to develop, we need education and a
need to raise questions,” he said.

The Dalai Lama said that all traditions carry one message
of love and tolerance and added that happiness does not mean acquiring a lot of
money or becoming famous. He said that the ability to know the alternative
source of happiness lies within us.

“I also believe and thus share with other people that we
need a sense of oneness. Whether you are a believer or non-believer or you
believe in this or that religion, that is a personal matter, but as a human
being we need education and knowledge about our mind,” the Dalai Lama said.

Stating that his mother was the first teacher who
enlightened him on compassion, the Dalai Lama advised parents to teach their
children right from childhood that anger and hatred are bad for their own heath
and studies. “A compassionate mind and kindness are very useful. With too much
of anger, human intelligence cannot function normally,” he said.

The Dalai Lama concluded his talk by saying that India
has great potential and if it starts some systematic programme, it can show to
the rest of the world and also contribute to world peace through inner peace of
mind.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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