The Dalai Lama Talks Secular Ethics

April 27th 2009

Santa Barbara, California, USA, 24 April 2009 (By Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent) - After delivering a challenging two-hour lecture on the intricacies of Buddhist philosophy and practice, the Dalai Lama switched gears Friday afternoon, holding a 1 p.m. press conference followed by a public talk on ethics. In both cases, the Tibetan leader spoke in lucid terms about the importance of compassion, values, and dialogue.

'Wherever I go, I always stress the importance of compassion,' he told a group of about 30 assembled journalists. 'I consider it the source of strength, and self-confidence.' Throughout the afternoon, the Dalai Lama was clear to distinguish between secular and religious ethics, stating, 'Some say there is no God; some say there is God. Big difference, eh? But that is not a problem.' Ethics, he explained to a spellbound crowd of 6,000 during his afternoon lecture, is not a religious matter at all, but rather a matter of achieving a spirit of globalism

 

Latest News

Dalai Lama returns to Dharamsala after Kalachakra teachings
July 22nd 2014
Dharamsala, HP, India, 21 July 2014 (Hindustan Times) - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama returned to Dharamsala from Delhi after concluding the 33rd Kalachakra teachings at Ladakh. Around 200,000 devotees from 73 countries attended the Kalachakra held from July 3 to 14. During the course of the teachings, the Dalai Lama had called for religious and social harmony among different communities in Ladakh.

Dismantling the Kalachakra Sand Mandala, Visiting Educational Projects and a Lunch Hosted by the Muslim Co-ordination Committee, Leh
July 16th 2014

Visits to Rudok Monastery & Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh
July 15th 2014

Long-life Empowerment and a Long-life Offering to Conclude the 33rd Kalachakra Empowerment
July 14th 2014

Final Day of 33rd Kalachakra Empowerment
July 12th 2014

Explore