The 14th Dalai Lama reveals the secret of the path to peace

The spiritual leader of Buddhists, the 14th Dalai Lama, during an online teaching for Russian Buddhists, told how to get on the path to peace and happiness. Attachment and anger, he says, help to curtail thinking about "emptiness," which makes it clear that not all things are instigated by cause and effect.

His Holiness added that a person should not cling to the alleged true existence of himself, as this leads to suffering. “Thinking about emptiness, we can get rid of clinging to the supposedly true existence of things, our own self and we can generate peace in the mind,” said the Dalai Lama. He concluded that understanding this "transforms the mind."


Nagarjuna, His Holiness recalled, says that if a person wants to achieve full enlightenment, it is necessary to develop both the "view of emptiness" and "compassion - Bodhichitta." This can be done by mentally "replacing oneself with others", "meditation on an equal attitude towards everyone," cultivating "good thoughts in relation to others."

The Dalai Lama is convinced that no living creature wants to suffer, and everyone wants happiness. “But most of the suffering in the world is created by people themselves because of selfishness and self-centeredness. A person cannot find happiness if he thinks only of himself and does not care about others. Selfishness leads to shortcomings and vices and harms us not only now, but also in the distant future. And the more we care about others, the more happiness we experience,” the Dalai Lama concluded.