Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Monday said that we need moral principles if we are to create a more peaceful society and further, education should include instructions on how to achieve and maintain peace of mind.
He was interacting with a group of business leaders and professionals from India, Vietnam and Russia on Monday morning at his residence in Dharamshala.
He said integral to this is advice on tackling our destructive emotions. In India, practices for accomplishing concentration and insight (shamatha and vipashyana) have yielded a deep understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions.
“India is one of the world’s great civilisations in which the conduct of ahimsa (non-violence) motivated by karuna (compassion) play a crucial part.
I am committed to trying to revive interest in ancient Indian understanding of the mind and emotions. I believe this is the only country that could successfully pioneer a combination of this ancient knowledge with modern education.
In our monasteries in south India, we have 10,000 monks and 1,000 nuns trained and qualified to teach about this,” he added.
Dalai Lama said the purpose of our life as individual human beings is to serve others as much as we can.
“I dedicate the actions of my body, speech and mind to the welfare of others every day. That’s the meaning of Dharma and reflects the longstanding Indian traditions of ahimsa and karuna.
I’ve studied in the ancient Indian tradition since childhood which has meant memorizing classic texts, receiving word by word explanations of them and using logic and reason in debate to scrutinise what I learned.
I strongly recommend using ancient Indian logic. As a student of the Nalanda tradition I’ve found it really helpful for maintaining peace of mind,” he added.