Mumbai: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a discourse on Ancient Indian Tradition to over 350 Indian students at the Somaiya Vidyavihar here in Mumbai this morning.
The world is crying for peace but peace can only prevail through inner peace, His Holiness said, as he was introducing the ancient Indian concepts of mind and emotion.
“The realistic way to promote world peace,” he averred, “is to develop inner peace, not releasing pigeons or chanting peace.”
His Holiness vigorously explained how the ancient indian tradition of Nalanda was introduced in Tibet by Shantarakshita in 8th century, and that tradition has been practised and preserved by the Tibetan people for thousands of years.
“When we came to India, our main concern was to protect and preserve our knowledge and I sought the help of Nehru, Rajendra Prasad and Radhakrishnan. The Government of India gave special support to monastic students. And in 1970s, when I started traveling to many European countries, Soviet Union and then America, I observed that despite of advanced material development, people’s mind were extremely troubled; the raw emotions of anxiety, stress were very very strong,” he remarked.
His Holiness pointed how human beings are well versed in the study of physical hygiene but greatly ignorant of emotional wellness. This education of inner hygiene—sorely lacking in today’s world—can be thoroughly found in the ancient teachings.
“I have full conviction that the tradition, which we Tibetans kept, can make some contribution to the well being of humanity,” the Nobel winning spiritual leader reasserts.
He further offered that India’s rich knowledge of mind and philosophy were distinct from that of the world and the country can contribute vastly in the field of promoting knowledge of inner world and with that, inner peace.
“The knowledge about our emotions, which I like to call ‘Map of emotions’, how to strengthen constructive emotions and reduce destructive emotions can help promote peace of mind for 7 billion people.”
His Holiness also called for a denuclearised world and remarked that pursuing peace through military strength places a tremendously wasteful burden on society and is futile.
“Instead of just talking, we should set target timetables for demilitarisation and community level movements. Offensive weapons should go away and then eventually world world should be completely demilitarised,” he said.
His Holiness also gave a special mention for International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. He said he encouraged former US President and Nobel Peace laureate Barack Obama to keep up his efforts in this direction.
On advice of His Holiness, the Indian students and young Tibetan Buddhist scholars had a review session on the topics discussed earlier with His Holiness.