The Dalai Lama told how to reduce stress

© RIA Novosti / Nina Alekseevicha in photobunny Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama. Archival photoThe Dalai Lama told how to reduce stress© RIA Novosti news Agency / Nina Alekseevicha the image Bank

The Dalai Lama told how to lower stress levels and urged leaders to renounce violence and to resolve any problems in a peaceful way, mindful of the unity of the 7 billion of mankind.

Different angles

«Look at the event, which is considered negative, from different angles, and not only under one, and then it won’t seem so negative. So it is possible to reduce the level of stress,» said the Dalai Lama on Saturday in Riga at a press conference in the framework of the teachings that it holds for Buddhists and those interested from the Baltic countries and Russia.

According to him, when people look at things, they usually greatly exaggerate their attractiveness or unattractiveness, 90 percent of them assign themselves certain qualities. As it turns out, when people cling to the supposedly true and independent existence of things. But if you realize that nothing itself exists, and everything exists only due due to causal relations, then «clinging», and distortion of perception of reality will be less.

An important place in spiritual practice is, in his opinion, is meditation. In addition, the Dalai Lama takes a very important role to logical analysis. «Part of my practice is the analysis of what is happening at different angles… Look at all of the helps to overcome anger» — shared Buddhist mentor.

He recalled that Buddha Shakyamuni and Nagarjuna and other philosophers of the ancient Indian Nalanda University (or their successors consider themselves Tibetan teachers – ed.) said not to take the teachings on faith but to test his logical thinking. «Certain provisions in the Buddha’s teachings the scholars of Nalanda were rejected, due to the fact that could prove their inconsistency. Need to check the doctrine, test the gold,» advises the Dalai Lama.

Of particular importance it attaches to the development of analytical thinking of youth. «The younger generation should pay more attention to analysis, research, and not just to memorize the mantra,» said the Dalai Lama.

Nonviolence and the unity of mankind

The current situation in the world, the Dalai Lama called it «very sad». «We are in the 21st century, the realities of our lives have greatly changed, but our perception, way of thinking remain the same. This is especially true of the leaders of the States: the first reaction to the problem is to use violence… But violence is counterproductive, it leads to more violence,» said the Dalai Lama.

The leitmotif in his speeches and written works of last years is the assertion of the unity of all 7 billion inhabitants of the Earth. «I am a Tibetan, but I am different from other people, from you? I have the same two eyes, one nose, and the emotion on the face we Express the same. And most importantly – all seven billion living on our planet today, — equally want happiness and do not want suffering. The differences between us – ethnic, religious and others – they all are secondary compared to what unites us, and should not become a source of conflict and violence,» said the Dalai Lama, speaking to thousands of residents of the Baltic States and Russia.

Happiness, he added, is associated with peace of mind, and suffering with emotions. To cope with the negative emotions, eliminate suffering and attain happiness help practice compassion and love, forgiveness and patience, taught by all major religions. «We need to respect all religions and secular ethics», — said the Dalai Lama.

He also expressed admiration for the example of the unity of the European Union. In his opinion, the existence of this organization reduces the level of violence. «I really admire the spirit of unity of the European Union… it would be Good if in the future there was, for example, the African Union, South American Union and so on. It will develop a sense of unity. The whole world shall be one Union. This is my dream», concluded the Dalai Lama.


The program of the teachings of the Dalai Lama to the Baltic countries and Russia in Riga on 23-25 September, comments to the writings of prominent Buddhist thinkers, and dialogues on topical issues with well-known Russian rock musician Boris Grebenshchikov and other cultural figures. In the three-day exercise in the large hall of the Riga’s «Skonto» attended by about four thousand people from dozens of countries around the world.

The organizers of the Riga teachings of the Dalai Lama, addressed the society «Save Tibet» (Riga), Fund «Save Tibet» (Moscow) and the Center of Tibetan culture and information (Moscow).