Combine modern education with ancient knowledge of mind: Dalai Lama

Shimla, Oct 26 (UNI) Mr Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, urged the people to combine the modern education with its ancient knowledge of mind and emotions to tackle the conflict of today’s world. The spiritual leader made the observation while speaking during a webcast here on Monday.

The Dalai Lama, who joined the webcast from his residence in Mcleodganj in Dharamshala, was delivering a talk on ‘India’s Heritage of ‘Karuna’ and ‘Ahimsa’ organised by the Indian International Center and the Foundation for Universal Responsibility.

“We and they” type of thinking is acting against the inherent oneness of human beings. It can be countered with a new education system which lays equal emphasis on physical and emotional hygiene, he emphasized.

‘Some people are copying patterns of thought and feelings from the previous century during which much violence took place in the form of world wars and other conflicts but the situation has changed. There are new problems such as global warming while inequalities between the rich and the poor continue to exist,” the spiritual leader said.

Ancient Indian traditions laid stress on a secular and scientific knowledge about psychology and emotional well-being, and these ideas must be incorporated into the modern education system which has so far mostly focused on material well-being.

“Young children, by nature, do not consider distinctions of nationality, gender, colour etc. They play together. But they develop these differences as they grow up and join education. A new way of education is the key to solving present-day problems of the world,” observed the Dalai Lama in response to a query by social activist Ms Aruna Roy.

He said that he is eager to go to Delhi and meet educationists to discuss the incorporation of ancient knowledge of India into modern education.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here