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Overcome the Mind from Within, the Dalai Lama tells youth

His Holiness the Dalai Lama reading from the text during the final day of his three day teaching for Tibetan youth at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 6, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
Dharamshala — His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, addressed a crowd of around ten thousand people on the first day of a three-day introductory teaching on Buddhism at Tsugalagkhang, the main temple in Dharamshala.

His focus was on the Tibetan youth of the 21st century, who turned out in droves to listen to his lecture in the Himalayan town, June 5, 2017.

The venerable leader spoke directly to the 600 odd students, representing 70 different colleges and universities in India, as well as other young students from the United States, the Netherlands, Korea and Russia, and reminded them of the psychological benefits of believing in oneself and having a disciplined mind in tumultuous times.

“It is important to know the workings of the mind because if you look at the world today, there are lots of killings among human beings due to disturbance of mind. All the man-made problems in today’s world are due to unruly and undisciplined mind. Then there are serious problems of rich poor disparity; caste systems, for example, where people are discriminated on basis of their caste. This is also very unfortunate as people remain very poor due to this discrimination. But many people remain rather indifferent to this situation of others.”

In a world where violence against minorities is increasing and the "otherization" of people with different opinions is beginning to take shape even in democracies where traditionally all views were accommodated, His Holiness reiterated that peace of mind is key to tackling injustice. He emphasized that this peace cannot be disturbed not from outside, therefore one has to "find the means to overcome this mind from within and not seek some external solutions.”

The main take away from the first day of His Holiness' teachings was his advise to the school/college going youth of Tibet to develop faith and conviction in Buddha’s teaching through study, reflection and meditation. “Since we have the tradition of studying classic texts from past thousands of years, we need to pay more attention to it. We the Tibetans have kept the tradition of studying the major classic texts of Nalanda.”

"Throughout the preliminary lecture, the Dalai Lama emphasized the urgent need of reviving the compassion and values prescribed by the ancient Indian philosophers, whose teachings have only been kept alive by Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Education for him is holistic only when the wisdom taught in our schools, colleges and societies also encompass the virtues of "kindness, tolerance, forgiveness and compassion."

The children from the Tibetan schools chain TCV and Mussoorie Homes were in splits when the respected leader made a joke about teachers being too big for their boots. Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of Tibetan government in exile, Ministers and secretaries of Central Tibetan Administration were all present and equally enthralled in being schooled by His Holiness.


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