The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd of 4000 at the Chenrezig Buddhist Institute, Eudlo.
The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd of 4000 at the Chenrezig Buddhist Institute, Eudlo. Warren Lynam

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THE Dalai Lama’s prescription for a better world includes education not only for the mind, but also for the heart.

Last Thursday at Eudlo’s Buddhist Chenrezig Institute, he spoke to both.

In front of the Dalai Lama, a crowd of 4000 people seemed like a couple of dozen.

The usual chatter, jostling, pushes and shove of so big an audience was quietened to a friendly buzz as devotees waited for the presence of the 14th Dalai Lama.

When His Holiness appeared, a clap went up and his gentle, whim-sical smile stretched out and captured the crowd.

With his smile came words speaking of thoughtfulness and compassion.

“Analyse,” he said. “Think about the motivations behind your actions.

“Use your intelligence to investigate reality.”

He said a daily practice of these qualities could ultimately unite a human being’s external life and inner self.

But, even with such an effort, do not expect to attain the perfect life on earth.

“The striving for perfection is more important than achievement,” he said

“The human being will never be 100% perfect. God is perfect, but his creation is not perfect.”

Despite this, he believes a developing understanding between science and technology and our inner selves promises a better future.

Perhaps not in time for babyboomers, but definitely for our younger generation.

In line with his teaching, 400 local school students were invited to attend the event and posed questions through ABC’s Rachel Kohn

A surprise answer came when he answered queries on his biggest achievement.

After a moment’s reflection, he said: “Gaining my refugee status.”

He said his life in Tibet would have been full of protocol and formalities that may not have allowed him the freedom to travel the world.

Even to travel in a helicopter – the vehicle that transported him out of Chenrezig.


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