BODH GAYA: In a brief preamble to his second day teaching on Buddhis text of Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination at Bodh gaya, His Holiness the Dalai Lama exhorted his devotees to pursue happiness and peace through training and disciplining one’s mind.
“As long as there is a lack of the inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, no matter what external amenities you have, they will never give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are seeking. On the other hand, if you train your mind to be calm and at peace, then even if you lack various amenities that you would normally consider necessary for happiness, it is still possible to live a happy and joyful life,” His Holiness said addressing the Buddhist gathering at Kalachakra maidan today.
The method of training the mind, according to His Holiness centers on the idea that any experience at mental level is more dominant than sensorial experience and therefore, one could achieve happiness and counter afflictive emotions through the practice of disciplining the mind.
“According to ancient Indian tradition, sensory faculties are only a medium, main experience of happiness and suffering has to be on basis of mind itself. Therefore there are practices of single-pointed concentration (Samatha) and penetrative insight (Vipasana).
His Holiness emphasised that the world needs to pay serious attention to the Indian tradition of workings of mind as a reference for deepr understanding of the mind. “India is the place where Buddha appeared and most importantly in this land, Buddha achieved enlightenment. Therefore we need to pay serious attention to the Indian tradition of workings of mind.”
Alluding to the recent scientific discovery of basic human nature, His Holiness said that the seed of compassion and warm-heartedness is within us, and can be strengthened through the awareness of our innate human desire for happiness and aversion for suffering.
“The seed of compassion and warmheartedness is not something that comes from religion,” He said. “Compassion is universal and more so, basic quality of human nature.”
“Just as you appreciate compassion and love from others, you also have the potential to spread that love and compassion to others as well. Therefore we need to train our mind to reflect on this fact that others also want happiness, wish to avoid suffering,” His Holiness said, as he proceeded into the main teaching.
The teaching will conclude tomorrow on 7 January.