By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMHALA, June 3: Leading Tibetan spiritual leader and Buddhist figure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on Wednesday concluded a two-day teaching on Je Tsongkhapa’s “Fate Complete” to young Tibetans, where he reiterated his message of compassion and warmth.
The Tibetan leader who led the online sessions said, “If you practice love and compassion, harmful actions come to an end. We need peace of mind within us. If we are full of anger and other negative emotions, not only will we not have peace of mind, but there will also be no peace in the world.
“We are all the same as wanting happiness and not wanting to suffer. We are social animals dependent on each other. Learning to deal with our disruptive emotions, we need to reduce anger and attachment and cultivate love and compassion, ”he added.
Responding to a student who asked him about resisting the temptations of everyday life, he said: “The solution to not having a disciplined mind is to observe emotional hygiene as described in the old Indian tradition. It involves learning to deal with disruptive emotions like attachment and anger. I am not saying to become a Buddhist, but to learn from Buddhism.
“Learn, reflect and gain conviction. Then, meditate and integrate what you have understood in yourself. Such an approach over the centuries has resulted in Tibetans, for example, being reluctant to take life. Our culture is such that we believe it is possible to create a more peaceful world.
The octogenarian leader also urged the younger generation of Tibetans to learn their language as it is a repository of Buddhist teachings, especially the Nalanda school of thought with a collection of around 100 volumes of translated sutras and another 220 volumes of mainly Indian treaties.
He said, “The study of the Buddha’s teachings in the light of logic and reason is now preserved only in the Tibetan tradition. Chinese Buddhism does not take this approach. Followers of the Pali tradition study what the scriptures say, but I tease them that the lack of the tools of reason and logic means they are toothless when it comes to chewing on hard spots.
“As Tibetan Buddhism represents the most complete tradition of Buddhism today, we should be grateful to ancient masters like Je Tsongkhapa and follow their example by sharing our knowledge with others,” added the Dalai Lama.
The Tibetan spiritual leader who traveled widely to give teachings and lectures before the pandemic hit, has now shifted gears and engages with his devotees and followers through virtual support from his residence here in McLeod Ganj.
Later this month, he will engage with members of Mind & Life Europe: Pier Luigi Luisa, Amy Cohen Varela and Elena Antonova, on the theme Dialogue for a better world: in memory of Francisco Varela which celebrates the spirit and legacy of Francisco Varela organized by Mind & Life Europe on June 9, 2021.