Mcleodganj : The Dalai Lama led an interactive conversation on “Cultivating Compassion in the Next Generation” with a delegation from Washington State at his residence this morning. The discussion saw the involvement of youth and community leaders from Washington state led by Cyrus Habib, the Lieutenant Governor of Washington.
Apart from that, over 1500 members participated in the discussion through video conferences from 6 different universities and institutes in Washington DC including groups at Seattle University, Whitman College, Evergreen State College, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle and Gonzaga University. The discussion dwelled on topics including mitigating climate change, overcoming inequality and improving civil discourse in politics. Also in the presence were 6 scholars from Compassion Scholar Program who wish to make their community more compassionate. The program draws its inspiration from His Holiness wisdom to serve others in the face of suffering.
The Dalai Lama remarked that he considers meeting such as this kind to be really meaningful and effective as he explained about his principal commitments, one being the advancement of human values that are deeply rooted in human nature such as compassion, warm-heartedness, and forgiveness, etc. “The real human nature one that is unfiltered is primarily displayed by the children when their innocence has not been tempered by the materialistic values and goal” explained the Dalai Lama. He added that modern human is now increasingly equating happiness with wealth, possession, and power as a result of the inadequacy in modern education.
“The existing education is not adequate to take care of human values and ethics. Warm heartedness is the key factor to a happy life and happy community,” added The Dalai Lama. He further noted that the existing education system needs revamping with a focus on educating the mind and emotion. This is the final day of the delegation’s five-day visit to Dharmashala. During their stay, they met with the leaders from all three branches of the Central Tibetan Administration and visited cultural sites including Library Tibetan works and archives, Norbulingka Institute, Tibetan Museum, Tibetan Medical, and Astrology Institute. The program was organised and facilitated by the Association of Washington Generals and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Washington State.