Secular ethics necessary for world peace: Dalai Lama

Secular ethics necessary for world peace: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today said that "secular ethics" and dialogue would ensure that the present century is peaceful.

"Although the development of science and technology was taking place since 18th century, the 20th century was witnessed as a century of blood. However, the 21st century will be a century of dialogues to bring world peace," the Dalai Lama said at an interactive session at the three-day convention of Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica on A holistic approach to the realm of Neurosurgery here.

"Use of violence will not bring peace and it has to be through dialogues in the 21st century" (that peace can be ensured), he said.

It is also important to practise "secular ethics" to restrain use of destructive power in these modern times, he said adding"all these require peace of mind." The world has to learn from the 1,000-year-old tradition of secular ethics in India, he said.

India should also play an active role in promoting non-violence and secular ethics in the world community, Dalai Lama said.  "Non-violence is not a sign of weakness but is a sign of strength."

Emphasising need to keep the mind calm, he said, too much of emotions, anger, jealousy, fear and corruption are signs of "negativity". "We must find solutions (as to) how to overcome these negativities through holistic approach without touching the religious basis," he added.

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