The Dalai Lama called for caring about others and think about the emptiness

RIGA, October 11 – RIA Novosti, Olga Lipic. Liberation from suffering, meaning, purpose and true happiness of life is in caring for others, implying the rejection of egocentrism and “clinging to independent existence”, said the Dalai Lama in Riga on doctrines for Buddhists in the Baltic countries and Russia.


“If you care about other beings, you will have meaning and purpose in life… All the happiness originates in caring for others, replacing self with others, placing others above self in an altruistic mood. And all suffering originates in self-centeredness. Drop the ego and try from now on to take care of others. This will benefit you, happiness, the ability to become a Buddha” — called the Dalai Lama.

In his words,”the joy of others before their own”. And the more a person is compassionate and cares about others, the more it will have health and friends. And Vice versa — if you think only about own person, to lie, to be angry, to oppress others, there will be no health or friends, or happiness.

“If I can’t benefit others, at least I don’t have to hurt them… the Main thing is happiness is mental happiness, peace of mind. This status will help to overcome and unpleasant bodily sensations. Therefore, the lack of material progress — need to work with the mind, consciousness, no matter you are a Buddhist or not,” said the Dalai Lama.


Along with taking care of other Buddhist spiritual leader called for meditation on emptiness. According to him, it helps to get rid of the ignorance, attachments, anger and other negative emotions. “If there is pride or envy, it is also necessary to meditate on voidness,” added the Dalai Lama.

The doctrine of emptiness is one of the most difficult in Buddhism. “In the end, emptiness is the higher nature of mind, the subtlest state of mind, mind — clear light. Understanding the possibility of attaining Buddhahood comes with the realization of emptiness,” said the spiritual leader.

According to him, Buddhism does not preach nihilism, and emptiness does not mean that things do not exist. “Things exist, but relative, dependent level. They do not have samorodnostju appearance or disappearance, they had no independent existence. They exist depending on the level of labels, mental symbols,” explained the Dalai Lama.

The same thing, he said, applies to the human perception of self. “The usual, “I” actually does not exist. There is nothing specific that you could, examined, called: “this is me”. “I” exist only at the level of symbols, shortcuts,” said the Dalai Lama.

When a person thinks so, he added, it is possible to reduce the “clinging sobytie” — for allegedly independent existence of “I” and understand the importance of others. “If we want to stop suffering, you must stop clinging to sobytie for independent existence. And to end this, the Buddha taught the doctrine of emptiness,” — said the Dalai Lama.


The Dalai Lama held for students in Riga on two important Buddhist ritual. Ceremony “develop bodhichitta” — the determination to become a Buddha for the benefit of all beings, deliverance from suffering. And ceremony “the gift of the vows of a Buddhist layman”. Everyone made vows not to kill, not to steal, not to lie, not to commit adultery and not to consume alcohol. The last vow, in the words of the Dalai Lama, many of his contemporaries is not easy, so he called at least “not drunk”.

The concluding day of the spiritual teachings present them the famous Russian poet and rock musician Boris Grebenshchikov has made a musical offering to the Dalai Lama and all the listeners: a group of “Aquarium” gave a concert.

At the two-day teachings of the Dalai Lama for Buddhists in the Baltic countries and Russia in the hall of the Riga “Skonto” has gathered about 4,500 people from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and also from Ukraine, Belarus, Finland, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA and other countries. In the hall you could see well-known politicians and artists, among them, in addition to Grebenshchikov, was Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Valentin Gaft. The organizers of the exercises, addressed the society “Save Tibet” (Riga), Fund “Save Tibet” (Moscow) and the Center of Tibetan culture and information (Moscow).