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Dalai Lama speaks to youngsters, prays at Bahai temple, New Delhi

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Photo courtesy/Photo: 360b)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Photo courtesy/Photo: 360b)

(TibetanReview.net, Jan21, 2015) – Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Jan 16 gave a talk on Peace and Compassion and also attended a prayer gathering at the Baha’i House of Worship, popularly known as the Lotus Temple, at Baharpur in New Delhi. Students from 14 schools across the Indian capital, as well as diplomats and school principals, attended the events.

The Dalai Lama directed his speech mainly to the youngsters in the audience, telling them, among many other things: “Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you’ll have peace of mind. Selfishness creates a distance between us and other people, leading to suspicion and mistrust, ultimately resulting in loneliness. Think of others’ well-being and you’ll be happy.”

He also spoke about the importance of being broad-minded to one’s personal well being, adding “warm-heartedness and compassion are conducive to our physical and mental well-being, while anger, hatred, and fear are not. This is why some scientists today talk about warm-heartedness (for) ensuring a ‘healthy mind and a healthy body’.”

The Dalai Lama also said the existing education system’s orientation towards materialistic goals needed to be counterbalanced with special attention to inner values such as tolerance, forgiveness, love and compassion. He added that the way to present these in a way that appeals to everyone was to cultivate secular ethics.

Hindu, Moslem, Buddhist, Christian and Baha’i prayers were recited in a number of languages, including English, Hindi, Arabic and Sanskrit after the talk.

The Baha’i Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh more than a century ago in Iran. It teaches about the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion.

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