Bangalore: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a Silver Jubilee lecture on ‘Education for Wisdom and Compassion to Rebuild Nation’ at Tripura Vasini, Palace ground, Bengaluru today.
Seshadripuram Educational Trust had requested His Holiness to grace the Silver Jubilee celebration of Seshadripuram First Grade College, Seshadripuram Primary and High School, Seshadripuram Pre-University College of Yelahanka and Seshadripuram Higher Primary School of Kumara Park West.
The function began with introductory speech by Dr Wooday P Krishna, General Secretary of Seshadripuram Educational Trust.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama along Shri ASKiran Kumar, Shri NR Panditharadhya, President of Seshadripuram Educational Trust and Dr Woody P Krishna lighted the butter lamp.
Addressing a packed crowd of Vice Chancellors of different universities, Staffs and Students of Seshadripuram group of institute, His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeted by saying, “Respected elder brothers and rest of brothers and sisters, I always emphasise we are same human being. I, myself consider one of 7 billion human being. Which gives me immense benefit. I don’t care about formality, there isn’t any formality when we are born or die.”
His Holiness briefly talked about his four main commitments. “All this problem starts with too much emphasis on secondary level of differences such as different race, country and religion. Therefore in order to reduce this what I called human created problem must be solved through consideration of fundamentally being human.”
His Holiness said his second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. “Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognise the value of each other’s respective traditions,” he said.
As a Tibetan, His Holiness said his third commitment is to work towards the preservation of Tibet’s fragile environment and Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence, which are both under threat inside Tibet.
He further talked about Tibetan language being the richest in preserving the Nalanda tradition of India and Tibet’s ecology which holds great importance with regard to ecology of neighbouring countries and Asia as whole.
He recalled the times he had memorised Buddhist root text when he was eight years old and how he has kept on studying it with rigour.
“Among our refugee community of Tibetan, handful people are preserving rich cultural Nalanda tradition of India through rigorous study,” the Buddhist leader said.
“My fourth commitment is try to revive ancient Indian knowledge in modern India. This ancient knowledge is really helpful and I had serious discussion with many scientists mainly on cosmology, neurobiology, nuclear physics particularly in quantum physics and psychology over 30 years.”
“Therefore I’m fully convinced and according to my own experience, this ancient Indian knowledge is not only ancient but also very relevant to today’s world. Emotional problem won’t be solved through materialistic approach rather it could be tackled with knowledge of emotion,” His Holiness remarked.
His Holiness mentioned that materialistic development alone is not enough to have mental peace. He urged India to pay attention to include study of inner value.
While returning to his seat His Holiness said, “You are exploring external space, I’m exploring internal space.”
The program was followed by question and answer session.
-Filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende-