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.
His Holiness begins his programs on May 3, 2011. During this trip His Holiness is participating programs in five universities in the states of California, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Texas as well as other events in New Jersey.
The challenge that Buddhism faces today is not with the dharma itself, the Buddha's teaching - as the timeless message embedded in the Four Noble Truths maintains its validity - but how to present this ancient teaching as a meaningful alternative to the young who have been shaped by the values of the consumer society.
There is a new era of technological innovation sweeping the world, which has spawned a new medium - the Internet's world wide web, a very powerful communications network and learning environment. The Internet should not be seen as just a new way to disseminating or repackage the Buddha's teachings but potentially as a base for an innovative online dharma community - a Cyber Sangha, that offers alternative social and spiritual values.
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.