His Holiness is a Tibetan spiritual leader as well as a temporal leader of Tibetan people. As he always states, the life of His Holiness is always guided by three major commitments, namely: the promotion of basic human secular or values ethics in the interest of human happiness, fostering or inter-religious harmony and the entire welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, religion and culture (Farber, 2009). His Holiness fulfills these commitments through his various activities, his public speeches, widespread international visits and publications. His Holiness the Dalai Lama always says that the Tibetan system of medicine must evolve with research based projects with an aim of enhancing the quality of the ancient Tibetan medical system and organization. However, this Tibetan leader has always had moral teachings to the Tibetans and the rest of the world (Dalai, 2010).
FIRST MAIN POINT
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives teachings through his period of leadership at various times and in different places (Rajiv, 2008). His Holiness also gives various public talks that are very encouraging to every Tibetan. It is always said that teachings and public talks are always free and voluntary to the public. On the 16th day of the first month of their Calendar, His Holiness gives his annual spring teachings called Monlam Teachings at the main Dharamsala Temple. This teaching normally lasts for almost a period of 15 days and is officially translated into English language on FM channel. Several thousand people who are Tibetans and also non-Tibetans attend these popular teachings (Farber, 2009).
He always states that human beings by nature need happiness and do not want suffering. As he goes ahead explaining this, he stresses that happiness makes people to achieve stability and avoid suffering, and everyone has the basic right to act that way. His Holiness also describes that all people are the same, basing on the viewpoint of real human value. This leader outlines the fact that when receiving the teachings, it is important to have the right attitude because it is not practicing the Darma properly to listen with an intention of getting material advantage or reputation and legacies.
SECOND MAIN POINT
His Holiness in his teaching g also talked about importance of love, kindness and compassion in attaining inner peace (Dalai, 2010). The leader goes ahead to explain the fact that pilot protects on mindfulness meditation will always show major important changes in one’s blood stress and blood pressure after the meditation (Rajiv, 2008). He emphasizes on inner peace especially for those with secular depositions and who do not follow the established faith. In his teaching also, his holiness said that there are a growing number of people seeking inner internal peace in the world.
As he was talking in New Delhi, His Holiness talked about the mother’s love as boundless, infinite compassion for their sons and daughters (Dalai, 2010). During his trips to abroad, he has come across various professors and scientists some of who are now researching on how to introduce and implement moral ethics in mainstream education system starting from kindergarten (Farber, 2009). He said that the very purpose of Buddhism was to change destructive emotions and to eventually eliminate negativity by increasing the emotions. As a very concern Tibetan leader, he also stated that Tibetan Buddhism has several texts on the science or nature of the mind translated from the original Sanskrit copies of Nalanda University.
THIRD MAIN POINT
His Holiness also talked of science as a religion. He stated that the extraordinary achievements of science and technology have resulted in its replacement to religion as the final source of knowledge in popular estimation (Dalai, 2010). His Holiness is among the few people who believe that the science stands beside or in place of religion for many people (Rajiv, 2008). He explains that there is a danger of inappropriate and blind elevation of the principles of science to an absolute status, without conscious reflection and thoughtful choice as to what is wrong or right (Dalai, 2010).
According to His Holiness, the technology has changed greatly as a result of in crease in population (Rajiv, 2008). ‘However, our perceptions have never evolved at the same pace; we continue to cling to the past national demarcations and the old feelings of togetherness’ said His Holiness. The leader comment on the fact war has seemed to be part of the history of humanity. In his several speeches His Holiness mentioned that the situation of our planet in the past, regions, countries and even villages were economically independent of one another (Farber, 2009). “Under these circumstances, the elimination of our enemy might have been a victory for all of us”, said His Holiness. He explained to his people the relevance to violence and war.
According to the His Holiness our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our primary goodness as human beings. In the past, the most respected people had for their religion helped maintain ethical practice through a majority following one religion or another. Today, in the growing globalization and secularization of society, we must look for a way that transcends religion to establish consensus as to what constitutes negative and positive conduct, what is wrong and what is right what is appropriate and inappropriate (Rajiv, 2008).
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