By Tenzin Monlam
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during the conference on Science, Religion and World Peace at Government Degree College in Dharamshala on November 4, 2017. phayul photo
DHARAMSHALA, November 4: The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama said whether science and religion become ‘constructive or destructive’ depend ultimately on moral principle. The Dalai Lama was speaking at a conference on Science, Religion and World Peace at the Government Degree College in Dharamshala.
Organized by Bhaktivedanta Institute, Karnal, the conference was attended by around 600 students from various institutions and schools in Dharamshala, Haryana and Delhi, including students of TCV.
“With anger science can develop awful destructive weapon. It is pity to see the marvelous brain being used for killing. Religion, which carries message of love, is also becoming a factor in the segregation of people and causing bloodshed. It is unthinkable,” said the 82-year-old spiritual leader, adding that lack of moral principle makes religion destructive.
The Dalai Lama explaining moral principle said, “It is the sense of concern of other’s wellbeing and oneness of humanity, which is its basis.”
With many students present at the conference, the Nobel Peace Laureate said that the wars in the 20th century happened because of destructive emotions, shortsightedness and lack of moral principle. He also warned that the generation of 21st century would suffer if the ‘killing, bullying and cheating’ continues.
His Holiness also reminded that only prayer wouldn’t be able to bring peace on this planet. He said, “It is our responsibility to reduce violence and through that bring peace. It is contradictory to pray to god while we carry out all sort of work to create more violence.”
With over 30 years of association with renowned scientists to bridge science and Buddhist philosophy, His Holiness said that more and more scientists are showing interest in human mind and emotion.
“The real troublemaker is our emotion. Combined with compassion is very good but if it is combined with destructive emotions such as anger, hatred, distrust and jealousy then it really brings disasters,” the Dalai Lama said.
K Vashudeva Rao, President of Bhaktivedanta Institute, in his welcome speech praised the Tibetan spiritual leader calling him the best personality to inspire them on the combination of the topics – science, religion and world peace.
“Science and religion are two different forces that shaped our lives. However, sometimes a conflict is perceived but that perception is changing for the last 20-30- years,” Rao said, “His Holiness has been one of the engines of this interface between science and religion.”
Founded in 1974, the institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating communication between scientific and religious communities on a wide range of issues that affect people individually and collectively.