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Dalai Lama launches new appeal to world leaders

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Asked why conflict continues to shake our world, the Dalai Lama delivered his vision. According to him, instead of thinking of material goods and emotions, world leaders should focus on the interdependence of the 7 billion people on our planet.

To prevent conflicts in the world, US President Donald Trump and other international leaders have less than today to be guided by their emotions and materialistic interests, said the Dalai Lama , speaking Saturday in Riga, Latvia.

“There are a lot of emotions and very little reasonable analysis. Including in the actions of the political leaders, even of the American President. And there is too much materialism in the world, in modern culture, in the education system,” he explained.

When asked why conflicts continued to erupt, he stressed that it is essential that emotions do not influence our decisions. Politicians must think especially about the cooperation between the 7 billion people living on Earth in order to stop conflicts in the world, he said.

According to him, it is crucial to change the educational system to orient it towards spiritual values.

“In order for peace to be established in the world, one must first attain peace in one’s soul,” said the spiritual leader.

And for a person to have “a healthy mind and a healthy body”, modern education must help him overcome malice, jealousy, fear and other negative emotions. Indeed, emotions distort reality, prevent clear vision and make balanced decisions.

“People of different nationalities and religions must become aware of their own existence as part of the human family of 7 billion people, and the happiness of each depends on the prosperity of others,” said the Dalai Lama. .

He also emphasized the special role of women, their maternal love, their kindness and their capacity for deep empathy for the development of compassion in the contemporary world.

The Dalai Lama has gathered nearly 4,500 believers and people interested in Buddhism, mainly from Russia, in Riga. The organizers of this meeting are the society “Conserving Tibet” (Riga), the fund “Conserving Tibet” (Moscow) and the Center for Culture and Information of Tibet (Moscow).

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, considered the spiritual leader of the Buddhists, fled Tibet after the failure of an uprising against the Chinese authorities in 1959. He lives in the Indian city of Dharamsala where the “Tibetan government” in exile” is installed.