Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 April 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed Copenhagen for India this morning at the conclusion of His Holiness' three-country European visit. His Holiness was warmly received by all those attending the various engagements, public talks and meetings during the past eight days taking in six different cities and towns.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greeted by well-wishers on his arrival in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 17th, 2011.|
His Holiness informed those attending the morning teachings that there are two levels of happiness, there is a happiness which comes about in dependence on outer objects and there is an inner happiness which is not dependent on outer objects but is an inner joy coming from faith, confidence and contentment. His Holiness further informed those attending that in the around 3000 years that religions have existed people have been praying for the things they wished for perhaps because they had no other resource except prayer and wishful thinking as a method to gain the things they wanted. However, during the last 3-400 years due to the development of science and technology, humanity has actually acquired many of the things they were wishing for. Thereby we have gaining a high level of comfort during the 20th century.
Lately, however, His Holiness said that people have started to feel increasing inner discomfort in the form of restlessness, stress, anxiety and so forth, making it necessary to take tranquilizers and so forth. His Holiness informed those attending that at the end of the 20th century medical science and in particular the science of neurology has demonstrated that peace of mind influences the brain as well as our general health in a positive way. His Holiness further spoke of how can we develop peace of mind, compassion and empathy explaining that in the theistic religions if one submits to god, this may reduce self centeredness and give an experience of infinite love. In the non-theistic religions such as Buddhism one sees that there is no "self" and that the world is created through causes and conditions, so understanding this may decrease self centeredness. His Holiness also added one can also seek to answer the question through common sense and science as a method to promote the inner values.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to the over 2,500 people attending his public talk in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 18th, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL|
At the conclusion of the public talk, His Holiness responded to questions from the audience as well those gathered from the wider Danish public on subjects as diverse as What advice do you have for the Danish people on how to maintain and enhance human values in a modern secular country? to How has China – officially and unofficially – reacted to your March 10 statement where you announce your intentions to devolve your formal political authority to an elected leader? How do the Tibetans react to this statement now – one month later?
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with three leading Danish media organizations in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 18th, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL|