Dalai Lama for introducing Buddhist psychology in educational institutions

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, July 4: Spiritual leader Dalai Lama today suggested that ‘Hygiene of Emotions’, based on Buddhist psychology and logic, should be introduced in schools without associating it to the term Buddhism so that it can be taught to students of all religion.
“Hygiene of Emotions based on study of psychology, still preserved and practiced in Tibetan Buddhism, can potentially become an academic syllabus in educational institutions in India,” he said addressing the gathering during his courtesy visit to Chokhang Vihara after he arrived in Leh yesterday.
Dalai Lama said that he has already taken this concept with 150 Vice Chancellors of different universities in India, besides 5000 Government teachers in Delhi and Principal of Government College Dharamshala. “They all received the idea with positive response with assurance to work on it,” he added.
Stressing on hygiene of mind and emotions to overcome negative emotions like anger, hatred and extreme competitiveness especially keeping in consideration the increasing rate of suicides in Ladakh, Dalai Lama disclosed that a meeting in this regard will soon be convened in Leh. He also urged the Khenpos to attend it.
“The world is facing serious emotional crisis leading to violence and unrest. Hygiene of emotions based on Buddhist psychology and logic can be practiced in bringing happiness and peace of mind,” he said and added that the Indian tradition has a rich history of psychological study which has now gone extinct among Hinduism.
Maintaining that he advocates the need to revive those traditional methods of study at different platforms in India, Dalai Lama said that in Buddhism, the concept of interdependence is exceptional that emphasis on benefiting and taking care of every sentient being. He stressed on respecting all religion and the non believers to ensure brotherhood, harmony and peace in the world.
Earlier, president LBA, Tsewang Thinles said that visit of Dalai Lama holds great significance and contribution in imparting Buddhists philosophy among Ladakhi Buddhists, especially among younger generation. He informed that as advised by His Holiness, LBA has decided to turn Chokhang Vihara into a learning centre and the process has already initiated.
Stressing that sustainability of Buddhism depends on the younger generation and the best medium for cultural preservation is through promotion of written and spoken language, he added that LBA was conducting various trainings for youth in this regard and experts in language are sent to give training to students studying outside Ladakh.
Galdan Thizur Rinpoche, Thiksay Rinpoche and other Rinpoches, monks and nuns, MP Ladakh Thupstan Tsewang, MLA Leh Nawang Rigzin Jora, Executive Councillors LAHDC Leh and president Ladakh Gonpa Association Ven Shadup Chamba and members, Councillors, senior personalities and representatives of social organisations were present on the occasion.