Dalai Lama: We Need Values Based Not On Faith But Science And Common Sense

Dalai Lama: We Need Values Based Not On Faith But Science And Common Sense February 14, 2020

Sounds like Humanism: The Dalai Lama declares that faith is not the answer and suggests that what we need is science and common sense.

Using Twitter to reach his 19.3 million followers, the Dalai Lama declared:

What we need today are universal values based not on faith but on scientific findings, common experience and common sense.

The rejection of faith in favor of science and reason is a common theme for the Buddhist monk. In 2018 the Dalai Lama declared that prayers are not the answer while suggesting that we must take action if we are to achieve world peace:

Although I am a Buddhist monk, I am skeptical that prayers alone will achieve world peace. We need instead to be enthusiastic and self-confident in taking action.

In April 2016 the Buddhist monk expressed doubt concerning the power of prayer, tweeting:

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.

And responding to the terrible terrorist attack in Paris in 2015, 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 commitment to nonviolence and his decades-long struggle for Tibet’s autonomy. 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: Faith is not the answer. Instead, we need “universal values based not on faith but on scientific findings, common experience and common sense.”

Dalai Lama: We Need Values Based Not On Faith But Science And Common Sense (Image via twitter)
Dalai Lama: We Need Values Based Not On Faith But Science And Common Sense (Image via twitter)

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