New Delhi, India, 10 August 2011 (www.phayul.com) -"People get up early morning to pray to their Gods butside by side involve in corruption. These two cannot go hand in hand. Faithwithout moral values is not faith," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama inthe Indian capital New Delhi today.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was delivering the fourth annual lecture of theNational Commission for Minorities at the India International Center.
Addressing the problem of corruption that plagues India and China, the DalaiLama said that the absence of moral values was the reason behind the rampantrise in corruption.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (c), Indian Union Minister forMinority Affairs Salman Khurshid (l) and Chairman National Commissionfor Minorities Wajahat Habibullah (r) attend the fourth annual Lectureon Minorities in New Delhi on August 10, 2011. (Photo/AFP/GettyImages/Raveendran)
"Without moral values, a person loses self-control and does what is wrongas soon as he finds the opportunity," the exiled Tibetan leader said.
Hailing India for her tolerance of diverse cultures, religions, and languages,the Dalai Lama said he continues to be inspired by the ancient Indianprinciples of non-violence and religious harmony.
Speaking on the universality of moral ethics, His Holiness the Dalai Lamaunderlined the importance of the secular nature of moral ethics.
“Some people mistakenly believe that moral ethics are based on religiousvalues. If that was so, then it can never be universal because the reality isthere are so many religious traditions,” His Holiness said.
“Secular ethics relate to all of us as the same human beings using our commonexperience, common sense, and latest scientific findings to make positivechanges in oneself and others,” the Dalai Lama added.
Speaking on his recent devolution of political authority to the electedpolitical leadership, the Tibetan spiritual leader who is scheduled to leavefor a three-nation Europe tour said that it was a decision he “happily,voluntarily and proudly” took.
Union Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, West Bengal Governor GopalKrishna Gandhi, NCM Chairman Wajahat Habibullah, BJP leader Jaswant Singh andMinister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala were among thedignitaries present on the occasion.
The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism
By Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada
This is a revised and expanded edition of The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism. The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation. The editors have merely organized the material, adding a few connecting thoughts of their own for ease in reading.
Recently I was asked why I love Buddhism. So here are 7 answers for why I love, appreciate, respect, study, practise and share the precious Buddha Dharma.
Some answers are short and sweet, while others are in more detail. Of course I could give many more answers and more details, however I've kept it to just 7, for the benefit of easy reading.
Every morning when I read the news, there are so many reports on war and destruction happening all over the world. This sometimes leads me to feel overwhelmed, helpless and somewhat guiltyfor the relatively peaceful life I have. How do Itransform these feelings of sadness, anger and helplessness into something a lot more productive and constructive?
1/ How does reincarnation work in Buddhism?
2/ When we pray who do we pray to? And the words we say when praying what do they mean?
3/ Have you ever been in love?
4/ In the future when treating patients how can I use Buddhism to help me?
5/ If good and bad are all relative to a person, let’s say, to a terrorist bomber, what they are doing is a good thing, but to others it is not. So that would mean right and wrong is relative too. So how do we know that something is an ‘absolute’ right thing who says that this is right and that is wrong.
6/ As a practising Buddhist lay person how can I reconcile my desire to be successful/ambitious/career-driven with the Buddhist concept of right livelihood. Sometimes it feels like the pursuit of being successful career-wise is very wordly, driven by materialism. Can I be a decent Buddhist AND a successful career person. Is this possible?
Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World | BBC Documentary | with English Subtitles, Over thirty years ago I sat and watched a programme on British television about Tutankhamen. I still remember the frisson - the realisation that the stories I'd heard; of boy-kings dripping in gold; of hidden burial chambers and court intrigue could, sometimes, be true.
That BBC documentary was inspirational. I've been fortunate enough to spend my adult life following my own research interests - and delight in being able to share the results with a wider public.
In India in the 6th century BC, Sakyamuni, "a wise man of the Sakya tribe", had been meditating under a tree when, suddenly, he was struck with the comprehension of all things. He became Buddha, meaning the « Illuminated ». His message, based on a pragmatic philosophy, taught how to free oneself from all needs in order to achieve illumination. After the death of the Enlightened One, his disciples – a few monks – began to spread his teachings all over India, from Ceylon to the Himalayan. Fearing man’s penc
It is generally accepted that the Vietnamese print media started in 1979 in Australia when the first issue of the Bell of Saigon / Chuông Saigon was on sale in Sydney. Initially, it was published fortnightly then became a weekly.
Over the past four decades, the media in Vietnamese have gone through a developmental pattern which is not dissimilar to those in other culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) in that it has grown in number and strength along with the Vietnamese speaking community.
Nguyện đem công đức này, trang nghiêm Phật Tịnh Độ, trên đền bốn ơn nặng, dưới cứu khổ ba đường, nếu có người thấy nghe, đều phát lòng Bồ Đề, hết một báo thân này, sinh qua cõi Cực Lạc.
May the Merit and virtue,accrued from this work, adorn the Buddhas pureland, Repay the four great kindnesses above, andrelieve the suffering of those on the three paths below, may those who see or hear of these efforts generates Bodhi Mind, spend their lives devoted to the Buddha Dharma, the Land of Ultimate Bliss.