Dalai Lama Advises to Smile at Everyone You Meet

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama while talking to a Taiwanese TV interviewer advised that we should smile at everyone we meet. His Holiness was interviewed by the journalist from Taiwan just before setting out for giving his teachings to the devotees in Manali region on Wednesday.

A journalist for Hakka Television in Taiwan discussed on many topics with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. While the interviewer asked His Holiness on how he is able to keep smiling, he explained that every human being has the right to live a happy life. His Holiness further told that smiling is something only humans can do. it comes naturally.

“I’m a human being and we human beings are social animals. The 7 billion of us alive today are emotionally, mentally and physically the same. We all have a right to live a happy life. The ability to smile is something only human beings can do—it comes naturally. However, I also remember that the 8th century Indian Buddhist master Shantideva advised that if you are a practitioner of bodhichitta, you should smile at everyone you meet.” His Holiness said according to the report by the official website of his office.

His Holiness replied to the question everyone can achieve peace of mind that in the past education had largely been in the hands of religious institutions that instilled inner values in their students, modern education has materialistic goals and fosters a materialistic way of life. It does not equip students to tackle their emotional problems.

His Holiness suggested that just as children are taught from kindergarten onwards about physical hygiene, they could also be taught how to tackle their emotions—a kind of emotional hygiene. That would make their education more complete, according to the official report.

The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in the Kullu Manali region last week and has been delivering a three days teaching to his devotees in the region. Today His Holiness read the ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’ and ‘The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas’, in addition to giving an Avalokiteshvara empowerment.

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