Friday, 27 July 2012

Dalai Lama on the importance of women for world peace

The 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader and head of state of Tibet
has gracefully transcended millions of minds with
messages and teachings of love and compassion. He has
extended a hand of warmth and mutual understanding   
to people of all socio cultural and religious backgrounds.
In his teachings for a more compassionate world, the Dalai Lama has also argued
that “females must take a more active role in the promotion of warm heartedness.

Females and world peace
Numerous studies have shown that women tend to be more empathetic, nurturing and thus more humanly compassionate. The Dalai Lama is well aware of the fact that some females can be aggressive as well. Nonetheless, the real seed of compassion comes from females, he asserts.  He also adds that if more women were allowed to step into leadership roles, the world would experience less violence and danger.  But this has yet to be tested.

“Education of the brain alone is not enough”

According to the Dalai Lama, education of the brain is not enough, we also need education of  warm heartedness .  Education in the developed world has indeed produced skilled individuals and advanced technologies, but they have failed to produce warm heartedness. Without warm heartedness, nations have opted for force or the masculine approach rather than dialogue in achieving results. The lack of warm heartedness has also left developed nations experiencing increasing levels of depression and loneliness. Japan for instance has one of the highest suicidal rates in the world. To combat these problems the Dalai Lama believes that “we must attack the problem through dialogue. So in order to carry dialogue, you need will and confidence. Dialogue out of fear, out of mistrust is impossible. Meaningful dialogue must be initiated with an open mind, truthful, honest and transparent. So in order to make this a century of peace, we need actions to be carried out by human compassion. That is why women play an important role in achieving world peace”

By Charlotte Lazarus

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