Dalai Lama: Change Comes Through Education, Not Prayer Or Religious Teaching

Sounds like Humanism: The Dalai Lama says positive change comes through education, not prayer or religious teaching.

Using Twitter to reach his 12.7 million followers the Dalai Lama declared:

(The time has come for us to consider seriously how to change our way of life not through prayer or religious teaching, but through education)

The Dalai Lama’s tweet, sent earlier today, April 18, has already been retweeted and favorited over 30,000 times.

Yet this is not the first time the Dalai Lama has rejected prayer as a means to solve problems.

Responding to the terrible terrorist attack in Paris last November, the Dalai Lama argued for “humanistic values” while declaring that the problem of terrorism “cannot be resolved through prayers.”

At that time the Dalai Lama said:

Violence is a reaction by short-sighted, out-of-control people. At 81, I believe it cannot be resolved through prayers or government help. We have to begin the change at individual level and then move on to neighborhood and society.

Saying that people should not expect God to resolve man-made problems, and that a systematic approach is needed to foster humanistic values, the Dalai Lama added:

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.

The Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is known for his decades-long struggle for Tibet’s autonomy and his commitment to nonviolence. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959, and has been living in exile ever since. 

He is also the author of the bestselling book, How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life.

Bottom line: The Dalai Lama is correct: Positive change comes through education, not through prayer or religious teaching.

(Image via Twitter)
(Image via Twitter)
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