Saturday, June 4, 2011

Dalai Lama: "Peace Must Come Through Inner Peace"

In a recent talk at Mumbai University in India, the Dalai Lama addressed an audience of students belonging to what he called "the first century" of the new millennium, noting that they have the responsibility to create a new world beyond the bloodshed and suffering of the twentieth-century.

Paying his respect to the great Indian traditions that brought Buddhism to Tibet, he acknowledges that Tibetan civilization and Indian civilization are different roots of "the same Bodhi tree." And, he suggests youth, particularly Indian youth, have a great opportunity and responsibility for changing the world for the better and addressing the common problems, like global warming, that we all face.

"Peace," he observed, "must come through inner peace."  But, he observes, it is necessary to have a realistic view of the world, and to "know reality fully" if humanity's problems are to be solved. For that, he stresses the importance of both ancient views, and modern knowledge.

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