Dalai Lama urges doctors to master old & new sciences

February 19th 2011

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, 19 February 2011 (By Pratibha Masand, TNN) - "Competition in society is killing the peace of mind. Technology, coupled with peace, is the key to progress," said the Dalai Lama at a conference of neurosurgeons in the city on Friday.

While addressing the audience at the 16 th convention of Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica that was inaugurated on Friday, the Tibetan spiritual leader said his curiosity was the reason behind his interest in science. "As far as matter visible to the eye is concerned, science and technology have shown marvelous development. But the science of mind can be seen in the ancient Indian traditions of samadhi and vipassana. If both these sciences are mastered, then one can look forward to a better society," the  Dalai Lama said.

 

Commending doctors for bringing in newer and advanced treatments for patients, he spiritual leader said, "These doctors and scientists have done wonderful work in their fields. But people should take preventive measures for keeping a calm mind. For cure, the neurosurgeons are there."

At the three-day conference, neurosurgeons from Europe and Asia are here to discuss various technologies. "The purpose is to gauge the progress in neurosurgery and learn from others," In this conference, neurosurgeons from the continents will exchange ideas and practices for a better future in neurosurgery," said Dr Keki Turel, who organized the event.

When asked about the youth's remoteness from spirituality, the Dalai Lama said people followed two paths. "While one is based on religious faith, the other on conscience and morality. It is important for youths to have the moral ethics," he said.

And competitiveness seems to be the bane of peace. "All the negative emotions, especially competitiveness, are robbing one of his peace of mind. The key to happiness has nothing to do with belief in God, heaven or spirituality. It has to be contentment and affection within oneself," he said.

 

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