Translator: So, your personal wealth may be tremendously great in size. But when it comes to actually using it by yourself, the individual, there are certain limits.

DL: Then also, those rich people, sometimes I have found in the Western society, you see, even though they are not very happy, but they show they're a happy person. And even though their knowledge is limited, they show almost like Buddha, enlightened one. That is hypocrisy. So, anyway, my point is this: Wealthier people mentally not necessarily happy. And then also, see, the wealthy people, wealthier family, they're also very concerned about image of their family, image of their individual. Your country very involved in image, good image, the publicity. So, if you are really concerned about good image, then help other people, help the poor people. Share your money with unfortunate people. Your image will be overnight improved. Then also, you will have genuine friends, your own fortune share with other people. They'll be really satisfied, possibly happy, so become better friend. I feel genuine friendship with poor people is something very precious. I think, generally speaking, friendship with poor people is really reliable. Otherwise, sometimes the friendship also become--what say? [Tibetan conversation]

Translator: As an instrument.

DL: An instrument. So therefore, the wealthier people should think about long-term and more holistic way. Then you will realize, you will get some kind of spirit of willingness to share. For health, for education--especially for education--for poorer section of the people. And take care sincerely. You see, helping them, not to a kind of attitude, "Oh, I'm rich, so I'm helping you, I'm giving this." Not that way. We are same human being. Difference is, I am more fortunate, you are a little unfortunate. So, since we are human brothers and sisters, it is my obligation to share with you, with respect, as human brothers and sisters.

So, about the gap rich and poor: This is very serious. Then population I already mentioned, but here I feel very glad. You see, a lot of monks and nuns here. So, we are making big contributions regarding human population.

OK. So, then another thing I want to share with you is: In human society, some kind of problems always there. That's taken for granted, bound to happen. Because human intelligence means there will always be some kind of disagreement; some kind of different views always there, or contradictions.

So in the past, or in human history, unfortunately, when we find some disagreement, some conflict, then we use force. In human history, warfare and violence have become part of human history. Now human being, firstly, I think our lifestyle much changed. Economy much changed. Now I think the reality is a global economy, rather than just individual nation's economy. And then the environmental problems, due to these, and also populations, too much populations.

Because of these factors, world becoming smaller, just becoming one entity. Because if something happens there, repercussions reach here. Something happens here, repercussions released there. That's the nature of today's reality.

So under those circumstances, I think the very basis of concept of war is a clear sort of demarcation: my interest and their interest. So, yes, destruction of your enemy is victory of yourself. But now, today's reality not that. My interest very much in with so-called enemy, because despite different ideology, different system, or something else still survival and prosperity very much linked with them. Therefore, you see, destruction of your neighbor is destruction of yourself.

And then another thing. Through warfare, we think we can completely eliminate all problems. In the past century, lot of warfare happened. First World War, Second World War. A lot of killings happened. Now today, there should not anymore be conflict. Because I think we utilized, I think the best part of human brain, the human sort of intelligence. And a lot of energy, a lot of money spent on war missions. But problems still there. So, that is, I think, the wrong method. Look at the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and also in Africa. Through killing, some kind of solution was tried through killing. It's foolish, impossible. I think just too much short-sighted. [Tibetan conversation]

Translator: Using force under such circumstances, and finding some temporary solutions, is nothing but gaining some kind of emotional satisfaction rather than really solving the problem.

DL: That is foolish. That's unwise, not human way. So, therefore, judging from that kind of situation, the concept of warfare, the concept of violence is out of date. It is quite clear. So, at the individual level, or family level, or national level, or global level, now we must find another effective human way to face the problem. That, I think, is dialogue. So, while we... [Tibetan conversation]

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