Dalai Lama on developing a more compassionate humanity

His Holiness the Dalai Lama never gives up on the idea that people working together can change the world. Recently, at a meeting in Delhi, he said, “Right now we’re all comfortable here together and yet in other parts of the world people are killing each other—the violence is unthinkable. Meanwhile millions of children are dying of starvation, while elsewhere preparations go ahead to prepare ever more dangerous weapons.”

Conscious of the horrors in the world, Our Beloved Buddha keeps right on believing in the goodness of humankind.

He admitted, “The urge to employ violence is very much alive. Corruption thrives and the gap between rich and poor continues to grow. Here in Delhi some people enjoy fine facilities, while there are beggars on the street. Is there any way to change our habituated ways of thinking?”

Then he answered his own question. “Fortunately, as a result of experiments, scientists have concluded that basic human nature is positive. At the same time there are findings that suggest that constant anger, fear and suspicion undermine our immune system. We all share the common experience of our mother’s giving birth to us. This is even true of ruthless dictators. Without their mother’s love and affection they too would not have survived. Since scientists conclude that basic human nature is kind and affectionate, there is hope.

“By deploying our intelligence we can expand and develop our education. We can look into the value of warm-heartedness and enquire whether anger has any worth. We can extend our natural sense of warm-heartedness by applying our intelligence. We need to learn about our emotions and develop a kind of emotional hygiene.

“We need to introduce emotional awareness from an academic point of view. Everyone wants to live in a peaceful world, but it’s necessary to understand that what destroys peace is anger and hatred.”

Certainly, developing a more compassionate humanity is not only possible, it is, in many sections of society already happening.

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