His Holiness asks Japanese priests to produce Buddhist scientists[Monday, 21 June 2010, 2:11 p.m.]
His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his public talk in Nagano, Japan, on 20 June 2010/Photos: Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
Nagano, Japan: At
an informal discussion with over 200 Buddhist priests, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama said Japan with its highly developed scientific knowledge
combined with its ancient Buddhist tradition can produce Buddhist
scientists. He said Japanese Buddhist practitioners should
engage in dialogues with scientists to explore areas where science and
religion can find a common ground i understanding universal values like
compassion and kindness. In the last few years, secular dialogues
between Tibetan Buddhists and Western scientists have attracted
attention to the role of meditation in creating balance between mind
and body. Research has shown that a calm mind reduces stress and blood
pressure. Quoting another scientific study, he said when one develops
anger, things looks very negative and 90% of that negativity is just
one’s own mental projection which is just illusion and unrealistic. He
said while modern science has made unprecedented contribution to
material development, Buddhist science of training an agitated mind
through meditation and warmheartedness is far more advanced than the
former. “Meditation is a healthy way to develop a calm mind.
You don’t have to use injections or drugs to achieve peace of mind,” he
said. Interests in Buddhist science, which has little to do with
abstract and esoteric notions of religion like after-life, has grown
over the past years as scientific findings increasingly point to the
inherent connection between physical and emotional well-being.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding a interactive session with Buddhist practitioners from
various Buddhist temples at a hotel in Nagano, Japan, on 20 June 2010
the United States, universities of Stanford, Wisconsin, and Emory have
already established programs to study the development of a peaceful
life. Tibetan monks in India now study modern science in addition to
regular Buddhist curriculum. All western scientists interested in
Tibetan Buddhism were either Jews, Christians or non-believers, he
said, but Japan with its background in Nalanda tradition of Buddhism
that emphasizes logic and investigation in reaching the ultimate
reality has the potential contribute a lot in such secular dialogues.
According to Ven. Yukai Shimizu, an official with Zenkoji
Temple, this exchange of ideas between His Holiness and Japanese
priests on Buddhism which was held at the convention hall of Kokusai
Hotel is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” because not many Japanese
priests get such forums to discuss and debate. “It’s a great
opportunity for them to learn from His Holiness,” he said. The
event was organized by four major Buddhist associations in Japan: All
Japan Buddhism Association, Nagano Prefecture Buddhist Association,
Nagano City Buddhist Association, and the National Zenkoji Association.
The Nagano-based Zenkoji Temple has 200 branch temples all over Japan.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting Japanese children in Nagano, Japan, on 20 June 2010|
the afternoon, His Holiness spoke to over 7000 people in one of the
biggest stadium in the city on “Guide to positive clear light” and also
gave a brief teaching on Heart Sutra.His Holiness underlined that positive values like trust, affection and moral ethics are key to happy life.In
his message to young Japanese, His Holiness suggested that they should
learn English and think beyond Japan, see the world and contribute in
their respective capacities. When His Holiness said that even his
broken English is very useful, the crowd burst into laughter.His
Holiness will visit Saihoji Temple tomorrow to consecrate an eight feet
statue of Buddha Amitabha. He will give teachings on Four Noble Truth.
In the evening he will leave for Kanazawa city in Ishikawa prefecture. –Report filed by Tsering Tsomo. Tsewang Gyalpo Arya contributed reporting.