Buddhism teaching

Dalai Lama gives online teaching to Korean Buddhists

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, January 5: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama began teaching the Heart Sutra online at the request of Korean Buddhists on Tuesday from his residence in Dharamsala, India. The Nobel laureate discussed the commonalities between Buddhism and quantum physics, noting the ancient historical connection between India and Tibet through Varanasi. He noted that the depth of Buddhist thought has been shaped by dialogues between notable teachers.

As the first virtual teaching of the year 2021, the Dalai Lama reaffirmed the need to combine both science and Buddhist knowledge to forge an alliance between the two. He also said that the Tibetan language has been able to preserve ancient Buddhist knowledge originating in India. He noted that his disciples listening in Korean, English and Chinese should understand the nuances of the translations during the teachings.

The 85-year-old said all religions in the world practice compassion and unity will only be achieved through the well-being of each other. He pointed out that the problems we witnessed last year were created by humans and that only learning to live together as a community will save the world. He reaffirmed the need for the unity of humanity through education and compassion, and not to be divided by religions, nations and other divisive forces.