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Dalai Lama: Ethics must be laic and secular

December 15, 2007

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy

Rome, Dec 14, 2007 - Laic and secular ethics: it is not a radical leader
asking for this, but a religious leader: the Dalai Lama. The
representative of all Buddhist in the world speaks to the young in the
'Auditorium Parco della Musica'.

"From a Buddhist point of view, my point of view" he explains "one
should be completely impartial and not have prevailing ideas or biases.
Of course I have been influenced in my formation, but it is for that
reason that I believe laic and secular ethics are necessary". For the
Dalai Lama this is the only condition to look at reality "from different
points of view, in three dimensions. One single point of view, in fact,
could hide the benefits of a situation which at first glance could look
negative". The religious leader then pointed out to schoolchildren of
Rome that "it is important to consider everything as complementary to
other elements and, therefore, to itself. We Buddhist call it
'phenomenal rising', the rising of things based on their cause-effect
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