NEW DELHI: His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered the keynote address titled ‘Happiness and Stress-free Life’ at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on Tuesday. The talk, organised by Velocity 48, concludes the Tibetan spiritual leader’s four-day visit in the capital.
Students of Indian Institute of Technology, faculty, invited guests numbering over 1500 filled the IIT auditorium.
Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT, Ms Parul, Velocity 48, Ms Tisca Chopra, Indian actress and author of ‘Acting Smart’ were among the dignitaries presiding the event.
Speaking on how to achieve happiness and stress-free life, His Holiness said self-centered attitude is the key factor influencing destructive emotions and causing chain of anxiety in our daily experiences.
“Just explore and utilise basic human nature and that is compassion. Entire 7 billion humanity have same nature for compassion. The antidote is altruism. Utilise your intelligence and with that, explore your warmheartedness. That’s the key,” the peace icon said.
“With the spirit of oneness of all 7 billion humanity, recognise other’s wellbeing more important than your own. Animals survive only on the sensorial level of experiences but as human beings, we have unique brain, language, and intellect. Biologically this human brain is marvellous, and combined with warmheartedness, we can realise true happiness and wellbeing”.
He said a person who lacks warmheartedness and sense of concern for others can never be a happy human being.
“Individual future depend on 7 billion humanity. The others are source of your own survival and also a source of happiness,” he told the students.
His Holiness further remarked that women have a special role in promoting and further strengthening the spirit of love, kindness and compassion.
“Now the time has come to promote human compassion and love in our world, in that respect, women have a special role. It is very important. Biologically, females have more potential and sensitivity towards other’s wellbeing,” he said, adding that the former Irish President Mary Robinson referred to him as the feminist Dalai Lama.
His Holiness observed that the world is facing an array of crisis, mainly due to a deficit of moral principles and failure of modern education.
He added that India must take leadership in promoting holistic education that nourishes both human intellect and inner wellbeing. “Modern education needs to incorporate non-violence and compassion, as well as a broad understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions. Just as we have learned to maintain physical hygiene, we also need to cultivate a similar hygiene of the emotions to ensure a healthy mind and body. I believe that only India can combine ancient India’s knowledge of the mind and emotions with materialistic modern education”.
Iterating his lifelong commitment to revive ancient Indian wisdom in contemporary India, His Holiness said, “I feel India can make a certain contribution to world peace, dealing with emotions. World peace can never come through war but through peace of mind. In that respect, India’s knowledge of dealing with emotions is the ultimate source”.
In his response to a student’s question on how to cope with the loss of dear ones, His Holiness shared his experience of losing his main tutor Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. “When my tutor Kyabje Ling Rinpoche passed away, I felt that I had lost someone who was like a solid rock, my main teacher. At that moment, I tried to translate my feeling of sadness into my strength by thinking that now I had the responsibility to fulfill his wish. With such motivation, one’s sadness transforms into determination and strength.
“Of course you will experience sadness, but that should be translated into determination to fulfill the wish of the person.”
In his hour-long interaction with the students, His Holiness time and again reminded them to use human intellect fully and analyse situations with the right attitude and to strengthen our basic quality of love and compassion.