Warmheartedness Key to a Better World: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

[Friday, 14 January 2011, 11:47 a.m.]

DHARAMSHALA: Speaking in Sarnath to thousands of followers from world’s Buddhist communities, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said “nurturing warmheartedness is the key factor to achieve inner peace and a better world.”

“I want to emphasise that irrespective of whether one is a religious believer or not, warmheartedness is the key factor to achieve ultimate inner peace and a better world. Many scientists and thinkers share the same view,” he said this morning during his meeting with Buddhists from England, Vietnam, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan among others.His Holiness said “we must think of the entire humanity as a part of we, since national and religious demarcation is not that important according to today’s reality. So every one us has the same responsibility towards the humanity. As our interest depends upon the entire humanity, each one of us share the benefit if there is a more peaceful, harmonious and prosperous world.”
He said “all human beings are mentally, emotionally and physically same. We all have the same desire to achieve happy life, and all of us, whether believer or non-believer, have the same right to a better life,” he added.

He said the promotion of religious harmony is one his three main commitments. “I believe all major world religious traditions, inspite of philosophical differences, carry the same message to practice love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, self discipline and contentment,” he added.

He further said “mutual respect and admiration among all different religions can make tremendous contribution to the well-being of the humanity.”

He recounted how Christian missionaries provided immense help to the Tibetan refugees facing tremendous suffering and difficult circumstances in exile in early part of 1959. Some of these Catholic and Protestant missionaries gave genuine care to young children and helped in their education.

He also underlined the importance of keeping one’s own ancestral faith and way of life, and at the same time learning from other traditions.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to thousands of Buddhist devotees from different parts of the world
near the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India, on 14 January 2011/Tibetonline TV