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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks on Moral and Secular Ethics at Delhi University

August 12, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 11, 2010,

New Delhi, Aug. 11 -- On a two-day visit to Delhi
University (DU), His Holiness the Dalai Lama
delivered the 2010 edition of Dr. D.S. Kothari
Memorial lecture and a dialogue - on life, its
purposes, its productivity and its meaning - with students and faculty of DU.

On Aug. 9, at the dialogue titled "What Life is
About?", His Holiness talked about the importance
of love, kindness and compassion in achieving
inner peace. He referred to mother’s love as
boundless, infinite compassion for their
offsprings. Inner health it has been demonstrated
now by some scientific findings is directly
related to physical well-being and vice versa, he
said. Pilot projects on mindfulness meditation
have shown major changes in one’s blood pressure
and stress after meditation. He called for a way
to bring inner peace also for those with secular
dispositions and who do not follow any
established faiths. Non-believers too can benefit
by “cultivating secular ethics to increase
self-confidence and it need not even be
religious,” he said. “And you feel less fear,
loneliness, stress, and depression.”

His Holiness said there are a growing number of
people seeking inner peace in the world and
during his trips abroad he has met and talked
with various professors and scientists some of
who are now researching on how to introduce and
incorporate moral ethics in mainstream education
system beginning from kindergarten. He said India
with its rich ancient tradition of Ahimsa
(non-violence) and religious harmony can
contribute much in such endeavors by looking at
ways to introduce courses on moral ethics in their own schools.

The very purpose of Buddhism he said was "to
transform destructive emotions and eventually
eliminate negativity by increasing positive
emotions,” His Holiness said, and added that
Tibetan Buddhism has hundreds of texts on the
science/nature of the mind translated from the
original Sanskrit copies of Nalanda University.
These texts are now available only in Tibetan. He
said Tibetans have the moral responsibility to
return what they had learned from the rich Indian
tradition that they have kept for the last
centuries. “Tibetan Buddhism is the pure lineage
of the Nalanda tradition," His Holiness said.

Responding a question on meditation, His Holiness
said analytical meditation requires an open,
skeptical mind with no preferences; a mind that
questions, analyzes, and investigates to find the
ultimate reality. An approach - similar to modern
science – and practiced by Nalanda masters like
Nagarjuna and Aryadeva who investigated even the
Buddha’s word. On compassion, he said genuine
compassion is unbiased and can develop a sense of
concern for others, including one’s enemy.

Distinguishing between three aspects of Buddhism,
he said Buddhist science and Buddhist philosophy
have universal relevance and Buddhist Religion
should be left to the Buddhists.

On Aug. 10, at the Kothari Memorial lecture, His
Holiness said Indian civilization has produced
many great philosophers whose ideas contributed
to the rich Indian tradition of Ahimsa and
religious harmony and underlined the importance
and relevance of Dr. Kothari’s vision and values
on education, science, humanistic philosophy and
ahimsa. He said more than listening to what he
had to say, His Holiness suggested it would be
more useful if people read the books on Dr.
Kothari’s life and work referring specifically to
two books – Vision and Values and Scientific
Humanism -- which were presented to him by the
family members of Prof. Kothari at the event.

Dr. D.S. Kothari was a renowned physicist and
scientist who built the physics department at DU;
he was also an educationist, a great humanist and
a true Gandhian whose report on education is
still being read and discussed vigorously in
India and other developing countries. His diverse
interests included understanding  the
relationship between science and ahimsa, science
and religion, human values, atom, etc. He also
carried serious and sustained study of violence
and non-violence. He believed science, sarvodaya
(development for all) and ahimsa made a great
triangle and had said that roots of scientific
endeavors are essentially spiritual.

Both events were held at the Viceregal Lodge of DU.
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