November 25, 2009
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Tibet Festival Reconnects 21st Century to Buddha’s TeachingsWednesday, 25 November 2009, 3:28 p.m.


 
 Geshe Lhakdor (R)
delivers a talk on Buddhism in the 21st century at the concluding day
of a three-day Tibet festival in Bangalore on 24 Nov. 2009. Also seen
in the picture is Thubten Samphel, Secretary for Information, DIIR, who
acted as moderator during the talk/Photos:Jigme Tsering

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, non-violence 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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