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Dalai Lama expounds on Buddhist science at Delhi University

August 15, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 13, 2010

The Dalai Lama on Aug 10 delivered the 2010
edition of Dr DS Kothari Memorial lecture of
Delhi University and on Aug 9 took part in a
dialogue on life -- its purposes, productivity
and meaning during a two day visit to the
university, reported the exile Tibetan government
on its website Aug 11.

In the dialogue on "What Life is About?" the
Dalai Lama talked about the importance of love,
kindness and compassion for achieving inner
peace. He said some modern, scientific findings
now show that there is interconnection between a
person’s inner health and his or her physical
well-being. He said one does not have to be
religious but should cultivate secular ethics to avail its benefits.

He said professors and scientists in the West are
now researching on how to introduce and
incorporate moral ethics in mainstream education
system right from the kindergarten.

The Dalai Lama said Tibetan Buddhism has hundreds
of texts on the science and nature of mind
translated from their original Sanskrit copies
from Nalanda University. Describing Tibetan
Buddhism as a pure lineage of the Nalanda
tradition, he said these texts are now available only in Tibetan.

He distinguished Buddhist science and Buddhist
philosophy from Buddhist Religion and said the
former have universal relevance while the latter
should be left to the Buddhists.

In his Kothari Memorial lecture, the Dalai Lama
said Indian civilization had produced many great
philosophers whose ideas contributed to the rich
Indian tradition of Ahimsa and religious harmony
and underlined the importance and relevance of Dr
Kothari’s vision and values on education,
science, humanistic philosophy and ahimsa.

He said it would be more useful if people read
the books on Dr Kothari’s life and work,
referring specifically to two books – Vision and
Values and Scientific Humanism -- which were
presented to him by the family members of Prof. Kothari at the event.

Dr DS Kothari was a renowned physicist and
scientist who built the university’s physics
department. He was also an educationist, a great
humanist and a true Gandhian whose report on
education is said to be still read and discussed
vigorously in India and other developing
countries. His diverse interests included
understanding the relationship between science
and ahimsa (non-violence), science and religion, human values, atom, etc.

Dr Kothari had also carried out serious and
sustained study of violence and non-violence. He
believed that science, sarvodaya (development for
all) and ahimsa made a great triangle and had
said that roots of scientific endeavors are essentially spiritual.
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