Although Physically Tibetan, Mind More Indian: Dalai Lama

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a media interact on the second day of teachings in Sansika on Tuesday told in a humor that although he is physically Tibetan, his mind may be more Indian than the Indians present at the briefing. His Holiness explained that ancient Indian knowledge is very relevant to present world.

“First, I want to greet you all. As I often tease my Indian friends, although I’m physically Tibetan, my mind may be more Indian than yours. You may not appreciate the ancient Indian knowledge in which I have trained. In ancient India practices for cultivating a calmly abiding mind and insight (shamatha and vipashyana) were pursued before the Buddha appeared. These practices continue to be relevant today.” told His Holiness the Dalai Lama while meeting with members of the local media on the lawn of his hotel before leaving for the day’s teaching.

“Today, we face many problems to which we have contributed. We place too much emphasis on secondary differences like nationality, religious faith and race, when fundamentally we are all the same as human beings. We are born the same way. We are nurtured by our mothers in the same way. But because of the materialistic goals of our education systems we don’t pay much attention to inner values. What we need to remember is that at a deeper level we are all the same. We all want to be happy not miserable. Since we can help our fellow human beings and can communicate with them, this is what I have dedicated my life to doing.” His Holiness added.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained that as a Buddhist he admires the way different religious traditions live together in this country and he promote inter-religious harmony wherever he can, inspired by India’s example. His Holiness then responded to various questions from the media group before leaving for the teaching ground to continue his teachings on, A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

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