Buddhism and Science have connection: Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama delivering sermons to monks and devotees at Leh on Friday. -Excelsior/Stanzin
Dalai Lama delivering sermons to monks and devotees at Leh on Friday. -Excelsior/Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Aug 19: During the second day of preaching, Dalai Lama gave a teaching on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Chodjug).
Devotees, including foreigners, gathered in large number to attend the teaching with great devotion and faith. Appealing the devotees, particularly the monks and nuns not to have blind faith without studying the Buddhism philosophy, Dalai Lama asserted that wearing monks robes and following monastic ritual may help in propagation of Dharma teaching but it won’t help in substance of Buddhism to have meaningful life. He added that one has to make life meaningful by doing study, debate and discussion and meditation and he always advices his devotees including school children to study Buddhist philosophy not just merely following the tradition.
Reiterating that Buddhism has connection with science, Dalai Lama said that in the 20th century scientist focused on external matter but towards the 21st century, scientist also started giving important to internal emotion, which affects the physical aspect of our body. He said that during a teaching session in Moscow in the year 1979, he talked about the importance of mental happiness and people refused to accept it saying that he was giving Buddhist teaching lectures but now they accept to the reality that mental status affect the physical status.
Meanwhile, donation and sponsor for the teaching session poured in from large number of devotees. LBA member, volunteer, security personnel, different Tsogspa and student worked day and night to make the teaching smooth. The teaching venue wore a festivity look with varieties of stall with number of items displayed to suit to different customer choice and make a brisk business.