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Shun idol worship, Dalai Lama urges
Buddhist leader says compassion speaks louder than prayersDalai Lama addressing the audience at the festival of ideals
- Bosco de Souza Eremita, Panaji
- February 8, 2011
Compassion and genuine sincerity are keys to real happiness, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said yesterday.
He was addressing a festival called â€śIdeas for the New Millenniumâ€ť in Panaji, the state capital of Goa.
During his address, the Dalai Lama discouraged worshipping idols, telling the audience that idols are nonresponsive. â€śYou interact with a human, and he responds to you,â€ť he said.
â€śAction is more important than prayersâ€ť to achieve the desirable, he asserted.
The Buddhist leader said belief in the creator would help develop tolerance and self-discipline.
â€śIndulge in deeds that will help others, as this will give you more happiness. Be compassionate at heart. This is the basis of ethics,â€ť he added.
He also called on people to keep â€śconscienceâ€ť alive to lead a free life in the material world.
â€śWe should be selfish wisely. This is love which extends to others,â€ť he said, adding that unless one knows how to love oneself, he cannot love others.
The Buddhist leader also said a person becomes fanatical and biased if he is too attached to his religion.
He suggested opening small libraries at places of worship to help people learn about other religions.
â€śInstead of having speechless objects such as the statue of Buddha, one should print more books. Knowledge does not come from the temple or church, but from education,â€ť he added.
The Dalai Lama then urged religious leaders to educate their people about â€śill practicesâ€ť being carried out in the name of religion.
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