The 14th Dalai Lama: If you focus narrowly on the problem as you see it, you might well lose hope, but if you look at it from a wider perspective, it’s easier to be more positive.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was welcomed by video link by Dr Anupam Sibal, President of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) and Dr Akshay Anand, Professor, PGIMER, Chandigarh, representing the India Yoga Association. 

The 14th Dalai Lama said: “Now, as far as health is concerned, it relates not only to our bodies, but also to our minds and emotions. The practice of compassion and altruism brings us peace of mind. Even if we face trouble or someone is critical of something we’ve said or done, compassion enables us to feel grateful to them. Compassion is the best counter measure to anger, anxiety and so forth.

In the past, we’ve learned to observe physical hygiene to protect our physical health. What we’re learning today is that to preserve our peace of mind, we need to adopt the principles of emotional hygiene. This is why I believe there are benefits to be had from combining modern education with ancient Indian knowledge.
Cultivating peace of mind should part of our approach to health. Doctors and nurses need it too. It’s important to put the patient at ease. Whenever I go for a medical check-up, I’ve noticed that I feel much more comfortable if the doctors and nurses looking after me treat me with warm fellow feeling and a smile.”