May 21, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
By Staff Writer
21st century will be much happier: His Holiness the Dalai Lama  [Friday, 21 May 2010, 12:30 p.m.]


His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivers a teaching at Radio City Music Hall as actor Richard Gere (R) and monks look on 20 May 2010 in New York City. His Holiness will deliver three days of teachings at Radio City followed by an interfaith dialogue at the Church of St. John the Divine on Sunday.

New York:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said problems affecting the world today are
temporary and that in the broader perspective the people in the 21st
century are becoming “much happier and compassionate” as compared to
those of the 20th century.During an interview with Ann Curry of
the NBC TV on The Today Show on Thursday, His Holiness was asked for
explanation about intolerance in today’s world in the light of his
broader message that humanity was becoming gentler. His Holiness said
that such problems affecting the world are temporary and that in the
broader perspective the people in the 21st century are becoming much
happier and compassionate as compared to those of the 20th century. 
Expanding on this, His Holiness said many of the problems in the world
are man-made ones and so people would logically have the ability to
resolve them, too.  He said natural disasters were different. (watch the interview)His
Holiness referred to the immense response by people all over the world
to earthquakes in the world, including Haiti, and the Tsunami and said
it was his impression that people in the early part of the 20th
century, were not as considerate.  His Holiness referred to these as
positive signs.

 
 The crowd watches as His Holiness
the Dalai Lama delivers a teaching at Radio City Music Hall 20 May 2010
in New York City/Getty Images

Acknowledging
the violence and disturbances that occur in the world, His Holiness
said some mischievous people are always there.  He, however, said he
believes these are minority and do not reflect the broader human
community who are positive. His Holiness said the media had a role in
creating a different impression because they always tend to highlight
the negative while taking the positive for granted.Asked about
his feelings upon learning of the earthquake tragedy in his homeland in
Tibet and his desire to visit there to provide spiritual solace, His
Holiness talked about reminding himself of the advice of an Indian
master whenever he was faced with a problem or a tragedy.  That advice
is not to worry if there is a solution to a problem but knowing that
there is no use worrying if there is no solution.His Holiness
called for the adoption of right attitude by people for a more positive
world.  His Holiness said such an attitude could contribute to either
elimination or reduction of negativities in the world.His
Holiness then left for the nearby Radio City Hall, the venue of his
lecture on the Buddhist texts by Nagarjuna “A Commentary on Bodhicitta
“and Shantideva “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.”As a
symbol of his respect to the Pali (the “senior most tradition in
Buddhism”) and Sanskrit Buddhist tradition, the teaching began with the
recitation of the Heart Sutra in Pali and Sanskrit. His
Holiness spent the major portion of the morning session on providing a
broad overview about his perspective on religions throughout the
world.  He talked about the basic human desire for happiness whether
one was a religious believer or a non-believer.  His Holiness talked
about his two commitments of promoting human values and religious
harmony. His Holiness said whenever he gave Buddhist lectures in
traditionally non-Buddhist societies, he always reiterated his view
that it is always better for individuals to keep to their own
traditional religion. At the same time people should make effort to
learn from other religious traditions. Giving a case in point, he
praised the role of Christian practitioners saying Christianity may
have made the maximum contribution toward the promotion of education in
Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 
 Ann Curry greets His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he arrives at the NBC studios. Photo/NBC

His
Holiness then dealt with the two texts saying the one by Nagarjuna was
a sort of introduction to Buddhism while the one by Shantideva dealt
mainly with Buddhist practices.  His Holiness said he had received the
oral transmission of A Commentary on Bodhicitta from the current Ganden
Tripa, Rizong Rinpoche, and of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
from Khunu Lama Rinpoche and subsequently from Trulshig Rinpoche.His
Holiness said he chose these two texts because they are original Indian
texts. He added that he would not be able to touch on all the texts and
suggested that since the people have the books they could study it.  He
advised that unlike a work of fiction that could be set aside once you
have read it, such Buddhist texts needed to be read repeatedly to gain
better understanding. His Holiness quoted a Tibetan saying that if you
read it nine times you will get nine different understandings.His Holiness then began his explanation of A Commentary on Bodhicitta. 

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