San Diego:His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited the San Diego Zoo and met with the Indian community in San Diego before addressing a group of more than 600 Tibetans, most of whom live locally
His Holiness said that in his short visit to San Diego he was happy to have met with some of the people in the crowd who shared a karmic connection with him, not only in this life but over many lifetimes. He also expressed his gratitude to the Tibetans in Tibet and exile for having shown remarkable loyalty and dedication.
“We’ve been in exile for 58 years, which in the life of one individual is a long time. In Tibet temples and monasteries have been destroyed and many people have lost their lives. In terms of education, study of Tibetan language and culture are restricted in Tibet. Nevertheless, our Tibetan spirit remains strong and we are united—for which again I’d like to thank you.”
He mentioned the importance of keeping our language alive as it serves as a medium in conveying Buddhist Philosophy, science and psychology. “Over the last 30 years or more we’ve held discussions with scholars and scientists most of whom are not religious as such. They are intrigued that the Nalanda tradition is based not on blind faith, but on reason and logic,” he added.
“Whether you count yourself as a Buddhist or not, the study of logic is useful. In the past this was the province only of the monks, but these days the general public should be involved too.”
“Haribadra wrote in his ‘Clear Meaning’ that those of dull faculties depend on faith, but those whose faculties are sharp depend on reason. If we follow the path of those with sharp faculties the prospects for the survival of our Buddhist tradition are bright. Remember that the Buddha advised his followers to accept what he’d taught not out of respect for him, but only after investigating and examining it, as a goldsmith tests gold”, he added.
“Buddhism having been preserved for more than 2500 years should be passed down to the younger generations so that they can benefit from it and so on.”
Remaining calm, sticking together and staying united was his message to the crowd. “Keep in mind that our Buddhist traditions can contribute to the wider world”, he added.
His Holiness will travel to Newport beach tomorrow.