Include ancient Indian spiritual studies into curriculum: Dalai Lama

Times of India, 25 December 2017 Read original story here

BENGALURU: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Sunday called upon the governments to include ancient Indian spiritual studies in curriculum in schools and colleges as he felt the modern world is suffering from ’emotional crisis’ and it needs an education model that trains minds to be peaceful and harmonious with the fellow human beings.Alluding to religious fundamentalism that is threatening world peace, the 14th Dalai Lama said among seven billion people, one billion are non-believers and a few among the believers are confused and have turned mischievous. He said those mischievous elements can be mended by inculcating a sense of oneness in them.

“My first commitment is to promote the sense of oneness among seven billion human beings. The sense of difference has created an ’emotional crisis’ since the feeling of being a different race, different religion and different country induces the sense of anxiety and fear in minds,” he said.

The Dalai Lama was delivering a lecture hosted by Seshadripuram Group of Institutions at Palace Grounds

“While the world is suffering from the man-made emotional crisis, it can be tackled by training minds in the spiritual way. It can be achieved by including the ancient Indian spiritual studies into education. It should be made an academic subject,” Dalai Lama said.

Reasoning that the ancient Indian philosophy was accommodative to different faiths and arguments, he said the Indian spiritualityteaches to be tolerant and hence it is relevant in the context of modern world.

“Education should be about inner peace. Inner peace leads a peaceful community, a peaceful community and eventually the peaceful world,” he added.
He said a blend of ancient and modern education system can only guide the world for better living adding that physical well-being should be achieved through mental well-being.