Dalai Lama sends mes­sage of peace

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - By LAU­REN PILAT

AN en­tranced near-ca­pac­ity au­di­ence at the Perth Arena on Sun­day left with the Dalai Lama’s mes­sage of love, com­pas­sion and for­give­ness as the key to a happy life.

The Wis­dom of Giv­ing and Re­ceiv­ing public talk at­tracted about 12,000 Perth lo­cals seek­ing en­light­en­ment, as well as pro­test­ers sup­port­ing the Shug­den Bud­dhists com­mu­nity.

Pro­test­ers made a stand out­side the Arena ac­cus­ing the 14th Dalai Lama of hypocrisy, claim­ing he had im­posed a ban on the tra­di­tional and main­stream Shug­den Bud­dhist prac­tice.

In­side the venue, the Dalai Lama spoke of the need for in­di­vid­ual hap­pi­ness and in­ner peace in or­der to unify the world.

“From birth, we all want to be happy,” he said.

“We all have the right to have a happy life.”

His Ho­li­ness said the best way to a healthy body and long life was through in­ner peace, which was achieved through love, com­pas­sion and for­give­ness.

“We can share this to have a happy fam­ily and happy com­mu­nity,” he said.

“This will then bring a sense of one­ness to the seven bil­lion peo­ple in the world.”

The Dalai Lama said there was a need for holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion in to­day’s world, with less at­ten­tion on ma­te­ri­al­ism and self­ish­ness.

“Peo­ple con­sider this is a re­li­gious prac­tice, but it’s not,” he said.

“Ma­te­ri­al­ism only sat­is­fies peo­ple men­tally, not holis­ti­cally.

“Bud­dha men­tioned you are your own mas­ter, he can­not re­move your suf­fer­ing; ev­ery­thing de­pends on your­self.

“The prob­lem to­day is not a lack of mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion but a lack of moral prin­ci­ple.”

In re­sponse to a ques­tion about ter­ror­ists from host Rick Ar­den on be­half of a Perth lo­cal, the 79-year-old said for­give­ness was the an­swer.

He said for­give­ness did not mean ac­cept­ing the wrong­do­ing but ac­knowl­edg­ing it was wrong and mov­ing to­wards in­ner peace.

“You must keep a com­pas­sion­ate mind,” the Dalai Lama said.

“We have to make a distinc­tion and take ac­tion with­out neg­a­tive feel­ing in or­der to stop the neg­a­tive con­se­quences and re­duce their wrong­do­ing.”

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439376

The 14th Dalai Lama at Perth Arena.

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