First part of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Klagenfurt Austria May 18-20, 2012 translated from Tibetan into English by Mr Tenzin Tsepag. Trascript by Dr. Peter Lawrence-Roberts, first revision and editing by Dr. Luciano Villa within the project “Free Dalai Lama’s Teachings” for the benefit of all sentient beings. We apologize for possible errors and omissions.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Humanity has developed many ways of providing assistance when we face tremendous difficulties. For 5000 years or more man has developed faith in different ways in different places. This is useful.
The major world religious traditions have developed different ways of showing faith. For thousands of years faith was the only real source of hope.
For the last few hundred years science has developed to provide different explanations for things.
Humanity shows more interest in material development than in spiritual matters. They claim faith but they are interested in more wealth, money and power. They have no hesitation in lying, cheating or bullying to achieve what they want. Their religion is simply a tradition but they are not serious about it. There is a lot of hypocrisy. If we practice genuine love and compassion for others there is no basis for lying, cheating or bullying. These are not serious religious practitioners.
We need a serious approach to promote inner values, whether we are a believer or not. There are people who have everything materially but lack something deep inside. They suffer with fear, anxiety and stress and often feel very lonely. Material prosperity alone cannot bring peace, joy or inner strength.
The Buddha stressed the need for scepticism. Scepticism brings investigation. Investigation brings questions, and questions bring answers.
Emotions and biological factors are interdependent. Our emotions can affect our physical bodies and how they react. The world’s major religions have long focussed on the mind and emotions. All the major religious traditions carry the message of love, compassion, self discipline etc, and all of these come from mind. Continue reading