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The Concept of Oneness of Humanity

December 15, 2010

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talking to reporters during a press conference in Kalimpong in India's northeastern state of West Bengal on 14 December 2010

DHARAMSHALA: As the world faces a new reality of interdependence – be it the issue of global ecology or economy – we really need a spirit of oneness of the entire humanity, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a meeting with the press in Kalimpong.

“Usually, I share with people that we must develop a sense of big “we”. The century-old concept of “we and “they” created big demarcation, and also the “destruction of them” and “victory for us” kind of concept is now outdated,” he said.

“The destruction of neighbour is destruction of yourself because the whole is part of we,” His Holiness said while emphasising that the promotion of the concept of oneness as his number one commitment.

His Holiness then underlined his commitment on the promotion of human values.

The ultimate source of happiness and happy society does not depend on material facilities, power, fame, but rather it comes through warmheartedness. This basic human value is the ultimate source of happiness at the level of  individual, family, community and finally the whole world, he said.

Common ground for world religions

His Holiness the Dalai Lama underscored the role of world's religions in today's world that is beset with many man-made problems despite enormous advancing material development.

“There has been an overall material development advancing throughout the world, but still we are facing many man made problems,” His Holiness said.

He said all the different religious faiths carry same message to help the humanity. “All the major religious traditions inspite of their different philosophies have the same potential to bring inner peace through the practice of compassion, love, forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline. They all have the same potential to help the humanity,” he said.

He said all the religious faiths must set themselves first as models of finding inner peace. “Close relation and harmony among the different traditions is very essential, otherwise people will say how could provide us peace of mind if they fight among themselves. So firstly, the religious faiths must demonstrate the genuine harmony and peace among themselves by practicing the teachings. Mutual respect among different faiths with genuine spirit of spiritual brothers and sisters, which he said is very very necessary, he said.

He said the world religions share a common ground to work together for the happiness of humanity. “There may be big differences in philosophical views, but it is really necessary to have such divergent views for finding different approaches towards the promotion of love, peace and compassion. We really need to develop genuine harmony on the basis of mutual respect, understanding and admiration,” he added.

(Based on report filed by Sheja Editor Kelsang Khudup from Kalimpong)
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