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Tibet Festival Reconnects 21st Century to Buddha's Teachings

November 26, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 25, 2009

Bangalore -- The third day of the three-day event
marking thank you India and 50 years of Tibetans
in exile in Bangalore on Tuesday set the stage to
reflect and review the relevance of Buddha's
message of universal human values in the 21st century.

In a soul-searching session on Buddhism in the
21st century, Geshe Lhakdor, an eminent Buddhist
scholar and who served as the translator of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama for more than 16 years,
emphasised the absolute necessity of ethical
values of love, compassion, affection and trust
to find the ultimate happiness and harmony in today's world.

Buddhism not only fits into the 21st century of
modernisation, which primarily symbolises
equality and respect for fundamental human
values, Geshe Lhakdor told a gathering of Indians and Tibetans in Bangalore.

Buddhism is a teaching, which cures and heals the
sickness of the human mind, so long as we have
the physical and mental illness with constant
need of doctor and medicine, we would be in
constant need of Buddha's teachings, Geshe Lhakdor said.

Describing Buddha's teachings as spirituality
rather than religion, Geshe Lhakdor said we need
a spiritual revolution involving complete
orientation of our ways of life and thinking to
stop preoccupation and habituation to neglect the needs of other beings.

Buddhism is not against development, it teaches
us to consider for the welfare of other beings in
this interconnected world, Geshe Lhakdor said
while emphasising his points with short inspiring parables.

Human values like love, compassion, affection,
wisdom, nonviolence and morality are the best
friends of human beings and these will never betray us, he said.

There should not be duplicity and treat other
sentient beings as you treat yourself in one's
daily life by understanding the absolute truth of
reality in accordance with the law of nature
which is transient or impermanence in nature, Geshe Lhakdor added.

He underlined that positive mental attitude
brings miracle and happiness in one's life and
one should appreciate the Buddha nature, which is within every sentient beings.

He said the Tibetans are privileged to present
the teachings of Buddha preserved in its pristine
form back to India where Buddha was born.
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