The Dalai Lama made an epoch-making statement about the uselessness of religions
"All world religions, attaching special importancelove, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness, can contribute to the development of spiritual values, and do so. But today the world reality is such that tying ethics to religion no longer makes sense. Therefore, I am increasingly convinced that it's time to find a way in matters of spirituality and ethics to do without religions in general, "- these words Dalai Lama wrote on his page in Facebook.4
The Tibetan religious leader quoted fromhis book "Outside of religion. Ethics for the whole world, "which he published in 2011 and in which he argues that religion alone can not ensure a successful resolution of the world's difficulties.
"Any religious solution to the problemour neglect of inner values can never be universal, and, accordingly, will be inappropriate. What we need today is an approach to ethics that does not seek help from religion and can be equally acceptable to believers and non-believers: it's secular ethics, "he wrote.
As the newspaper "Los Angeles Times" notes in itsreview of the work of the Dalai Lama, a 77-year-old Buddhist monk, however, does not "expose faith" at all, but rather highlights the need for universal universal moral values that are rooted in compassion and relevant in our time.
The metaphor that the Dalai Lama likes to use,"The difference between ethics and religion is similar to the difference between water and tea. Ethics without religious content is water that is vital for health and survival. Ethics mixed with religion are tea, a nutritious and aromatic mixture of water, tea leaves, spices, sugar and, in Tibet, a pinch of salt. "
"But no matter how much tea is cooked, the mainthe ingredient will always be water, "he says. "While we can do without tea, we can not live without water. Similarly, we are born free from religion, but we are not born free from the need for compassion. "
Awarded in 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize,The Dalai Lama has long been an active advocate of compassion, religious tolerance and the need to unite science and spirituality in the face of suffering in the modern world.