Amsterdam: In his conversation with a panel of modern scientists and tech-experts today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama heaped admiration for the ancient Indian tradition and its 3000-year old yet scientific understanding of human emotions and workings of the mind.
As far as inner value, workings of mind or consciousness are concerned, he said, Indian tradition over 3000 years has developed the investigation of the mind. “In order to investigate these deeper level of consciousness, India already developed the practice of single-pointed meditation (Shamatha) and analytical meditation (Vipassana).”
He said Buddha himself is “a product of these Indian traditions”.
“As a result of discussing with modern psychologists, I have observed that the whole western civilisation is very much materialistic culture. When talking about consciousness, they only talk about the sensorial level of consciousness, not mental level consciousness.
“Anger, attachment, loving-kindness are related to the mental level of consciousness, not sensorial.”
His Holiness was speaking to a panel of scientists, youths about technology and compassion. The event also marked the inauguration of an exhibition on The Life of the Buddha at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam. Among the guests were members of Dutch Royal family and Ambassadors.
Impressed by the display of Robotic technology at the event, His Holiness said, “Yes, machines are very important but machines don’t control machines. They are controlled by human beings, not only by our physical but mind and emotions. Ultimately constructive emotions lead to constructive physical behaviours.
His Holiness was introduced to a young girl, Tilly Lockey, 15 yrs old, who lost both her hands because of meningitis and is now collaborating with a company to make prosthetic bionic hands for other children with disabilities.
“Modern technologies are really helpful particularly to support people with physical disabilities. I appreciate the company and the experts who built this technology. You can tell them how useful this is. Europe has a comparatively better facility but look at Africa and less developed countries that are going through immense suffering.”
He appealed to the scientists to bring into their professional work the dictates of fundamental ethical values that we all share as human beings.
His Holiness urged the companies and individual experts leading the initiative of robotic technology to reach out and support those in the poorer countries such as Africa and other countries where many children have been affected by war and are suffering disabilities.
“In different parts of the world, there are many with physical problems. The company should pay attention and serve the poorer section of the countries,” he said.
His Holiness also jokingly expressed that it would be highly impressive if technology could determine destructive person from kind and helpful individuals and extend the lifespan of those who serve good for humanity.