Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who was on a three-month-long break from all the engagements since the cornavirus pandemic broke, began two-day virtual teaching on how one can ward off negative emotions and anxiety amidst harsh time like the one we are living in.
In his teachings, he drew context from the teachings of Buddhist scholar, Nagarjuna. The scholar in his text, ‘Precious Garland’, had said the analytical and scientific approach of the Nalanda tradition, forming the base for Tibetan Buddhism, is precise in the study of the workings of the human mind, according to a post on the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
He compared the same to quantum physics that makes a differentiation between appearance and reality.
“Appearance can be misleading, an object can be dissected into the tiniest molecule. While inherently the object holds no fixed meaning, we as observers ascribe meaning to the object. Therefore, we should instead seek an objective reality”.
He further goes on to explain how materialistic pleasure has lead to the ignorance of inner peace in humans. And despite attaining material pleasure, how people still feel discontent about life.
The antidote to this discontent is the understanding that mental and emotional wellbeing is central to self-confidence and happiness. And the transformation of the mind is the key to achieve the same.
This transformation of mind helps humans to understand the concept of interdependence. Be it human-to-human interdependence or human to nature. And with coronavirus being a thing, interdependence is the need of the hour.
“An individual is reliant on community to survive which teaches us to strive for kindness and compassion towards one another, qualities intrinsic to human nature,” he says.