“Basis of all religion is human values – so on the secular basis of human values, we can build a better world,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Osaka today.
The Tibetan spiritual leader was teaching from the Heart Sutra (Tib: Sherab Nyingpo), regarded as the summation of the heart wisdom of Buddha to over 5000 Japanese and Koreans in the commercial capital of Japan.
Remarking on the role of the individual in promoting peace, the Dalai Lama noted that the death of over millions of people caused by war in the 20th century had failed to make the world a better place.
“So, it is the responsibility of the world’s 7 billion people to make the 21st century a century of peace by generating a peaceful mind,” the Dalai Lama said.
Seated cross-legged under the shade of his red visor, the Tibetan spiritual leader explained drawing examples, the Heart Sutra, as an instruction for practice and as a device for measuring one’s own level of spiritual attainment.
“Go, go, go beyond, go thoroughly beyond, and establish yourself in enlightenment,” the Dalai Lama said, translating Sherab Nyingpo’s mantra.
Appreciating the “growing interest” from the public during each visit, the Tibetan spiritual leader encouraged the audience to practice Buddhism to bring transformation of the mind.
“Over the past 50 years, I have seriously practiced and meditated upon emptiness. It has definitely helped”.
The Dalai Lama is currently on his 29th visit to Japan.