Need for secular ethics

HH The Dalai Lama says the world needs a global system of secular ethics and I agree

Saying that it’s past time that people stopped relying on religion for their ethical laws, the Dalai Lama has called on the need for humanity to develop a system of secular ethics.

“The reason for this is that there are those who have faith in religions and there are many who don’t,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that even among religious leaders, “there are some who are responsible for injustice, deception, hypocrisy, and exploitation.”

Current education, he said, is almost always geared towards economic development, which “neither helps solve individual mental problems nor society-level problems.”

“Regardless of whether or not one believes in

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Home to the Tibetan Government in Exile

Mcloud Gunj By Alex Becherer

Located in northern India, Dharamsala (also spelt as Dharamshala) is the winter seat of the regional government and district headquarters of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

However Dharamshala is best known as the home to the current Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. It is also an important centre for Buddhist study and home to the exiled Tibetan government. Most Buddhist and Tibetan activity is centred at McLeod Ganj, a village within the Dharamshala municipality.

Dharamsala sits at an altitude of 1,250 to 1,982 metres, it can be very hot in summer with snow and light frosts possible in winter. The Monsoon season

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Om Mani Padme Hum

On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM

The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet

It is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, OM, is composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.

Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body, speech and

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Developing bodhichitta

The desire for the well-being of all sentient beings

1) The basis for generating bodhichitta. Right now, we have the great good fortune to have found these rare Mahayana Buddhist teachings and the ability to put them into practice. We may not have this opportunity in our future lives, so we should take advantage of them now.

2) The nature of Bodhichitta and how it is generated. Bodhichitta is a spontaneous wish, motivated by great compassion, to attain enlightenment to benefit all living beings. When we have generated superior intention we are determined to lead all living beings to full enlightenment.

3) The divisions of bodhichitta. There are many types of bodhichitta that can be categorized in the following four

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Wake up

You are needed for change

“Economic and technological progress is desirable and necessary. It is the culmination of many factors so complex that they escape us and it would be naïve to think that we can solve all our problems simply by halting progress. However, it definitely should not take place haphazardly. It should go hand in hand with the development of moral values it is our responsibility as human beings to ensure that these two tasks are accomplished simultaneously.” ~ HH The Dalai Lama

In silence wisdom speaks loudest, you cannot expect to learn the truth, if you only listen to what you think you know.

The Right has always known how very

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HH The Dalai Lama

A promoter of peace and the path to enlightenment

Tenzin Gyatso – The 14th Dalai Lama

A humble man from a tumultuous background, he fled the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 yet in his life and philosophy has continued unflinchingly to exhort moderation and a path of harmlessness for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama is both the temporal and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness and the fostering of inter-religious harmony as well as caring for the welfare

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Science and Buddhism

Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter

17 Jan 2013

Sessions of the first day of the The Mind and Life XXVI conference from Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India.

January 17 – Introduction Morning: Exploring the Nature of Reality: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives

Day1 pm – Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter

Afternoon: Session: The Sweep of Science: Knowledge and the Nature of Reality