Thursday, October 31, 2013

Secular ethics, or Compassion

We have to be careful that secular ethics, or compassion can remove unrealistic fear (based on self-centered attitude due to ignorance) but can't remove realistic fear (useful warning). In other words, we must remind ourselves that secular ethics, or compassion can solve spiritual problems but can't solve materialistic or economic problems which many humans face now. The present situation is that greedy, arrogant, obsessed people are facing spiritual problems and compassionate and altruistic people are facing materialistic or economic problems. So, what is the use of secular ethics or compassion? To help greedy, arrogant, obsessed people? Or to help compassionate and altruistic people? (If self-centered people transform their mind to be altruistic) Or both?

Century of Compassion 思いやりの世紀

"We can make this a more peaceful century if we cherish non-violence and concern for others’ well-being. It is possible. If the individual is happier, his or her family is happier; if families are happy, neighbourhoods and nations will be happy. By transforming ourselves we can change our human way of life and make this a century of compassion." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on October 29, 2013)


If we can transform our mind, our action, habit, personality, destiny and life will change. (My commentary)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A question to H.H.Dalai Lama

I posted my comment (question) to HHDL as follows: (From 2:03:23)
"Hello! HHDL, Thank you for sharing live webcasts. You said yesterday that it's impossible to have fear if you make a pledge to serve others. Can you say the same thing if you are a begger now? You won't have realistic fear even though you are starving to death? If you are in danger of physical survival, I think it's very hard to say the same thing. I guess that you can say so because your physical survival is perfectly secured until your death. I hope you will answer to this question." 

The reason why I asked the question is as followings. There are 2 types of fear, realistic fear (useful warning) and unrealistic fear (based on self-centered attitude due to ignorance). I know HHDL was actually talking about unrealistic fear but ordinary people must have misunderstood easily that they can remove realistic fear also. This is dangerous. I want HHDL to mention clearly that compassion can remove unrealistic fear but compassion can't remove realistic fear. So, we have to take proper actions to remove realistic fear.

Inner value 内面の価値

"The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on October 29, 2013)


Today's people put more emphasis on material value like money, power and status than inner value like above. Therefore, people need to be convinced of the inner value to be really happy. (My commentary)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Live webcast of Mind and Life XXVII

Live webcast of "Mind and Life XXVII - Craving, Desire, and Addiction" with His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Dharamsala, India can be viewed at:

Saturday, October 26, 2013


                                ignorance ⇔ wisdom                        
                                         body ⇔ mind
                                   material ⇔ spirit
                           self-centered ⇔ altruistic
                                 arrogance ⇔ humility
                                         greed ⇔ contentment
                               attachment ⇔ compassion
              destructive emotions ⇔ calm mind
                negative motivation ⇔ positive motivation
                        negative action ⇔ positive action
            negative consequence ⇔ benefits
                                    suffering ⇔ happiness

Friday, October 25, 2013

The perfect balance of body and mind 心と体の完璧なバランス

Please refer to my rough view as follows:
I think the key word is "the middle way". The perfect balance of body and mind may be different from person to person. As for me, the combination of the reasonable material value for physical survival and the maximum spiritual value for mental satisfaction could be the perfect balance of body and mind. Please share your view on this issue.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Body and Mind 心と体

How can humans balance body and mind?  Your frank opinion will be welcomed!
Human being is a combination of body and mind. (Mind includes consciousness.) We need material value for our physical survival and have to face self-centered arrogance, greed and attachment, which cause sufferings. We need spiritual value for our mental survival and have to cultivate humility, contentment and compassion, which bring us happiness. These two values are contradictory but we need both of them for our body and mind. 

人間は心と体の組み合わせです。 (心とは意識も含みます。)私たちは肉体の生存のために物質的価値を必要とし、苦しみの原因となる自己中心的な傲慢強欲執着と直面しなければなりません。私たちは精神の生存のために精神的価値を必要とし、幸福をもたらす謙虚知足慈悲を育成しなければなりません。これら2つの価値は矛盾していますが、私たちの心と体のためには両方共必要です。

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Compassion and Self-centeredness 思いやりと自己中心

"Once we have a firm practice of compassion our state of mind becomes stronger which leads to inner peace, giving rise to self-confidence, which reduces fear. This makes for constructive members of the community. Self-centeredness on the other hand leads to distance, suspicion, mistrust and loneliness, with unhappiness as the result." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on October 21, 2013)


Practice of compassion is the source of happiness and self-centeredness is the source of unhappiness. (My commentary)


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Love and compassion 愛と思いやり

"Love and compassion are qualities that human beings require just to live together."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on October 21, 2013)


We aren't self-sufficient, so we can't live alone. Our survival and future depends on others, so cooperation based on love and compassion is vital. (My commentary)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching on the Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life from New York City can be viewed at:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching on The Heart Sutra, The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels, and the Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life from New York City can be viewed at:

The Heart Sutra (Free Translation) is as follows:

Secular ethics 非宗教的倫理

"We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on October 18, 2013)


Secular ethics means universal reason like compassion, warm-heart, gentleness.  Therefore, secular ethics must be proved by common sense, common experience and scientific findings, beyond religions. Secular ethics is the source of individual happiness and world peace. (My commentary)


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Law of causality 因果の法則

"If you want change, create the causes."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on October 15, 2013)


That's because effects arise from causes. This is the law of causality.  (My commentary)


Monday, October 14, 2013

Potential to good 善への可能性

"Mentally, physically and emotionally we are the same. We each have the potential to good and bad and to be overcome by disturbing emotions such as anger, fear, hatred, suspicion and greed. These emotions can be the cause of many problems. On the other hand if you cultivate loving kindness, compassion and concern for others, there will be no room for anger, hatred and jealousy." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on October 14, 2013)


In order to eliminate disturbing emotions, we have to remove ignorance of the ultimate reality of interdependence. In order to cultivate compassion, we have to master wisdom of the ultimate reality of interdependence. (My commentary)


Saturday, October 12, 2013




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching on the root text of Mahamudra by the 1st Panchen Lama, Losang Choekyi Gyaltsen from Atlanta, Georgia, USA can be viewed at:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Lecture to Students: Secular Ethics 101 from Atlanta, Georgia, USA can be viewed at:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happiness 幸福

"I usually say the aim of life is to be happy. Our existence is based on hope. Our life is rooted in the opportunity to be happy, not necessarily wealthy, but happy within our own minds. If we only indulge in sensory pleasure, we’ll be little different from animals. In fact, we have this marvellous brain and intelligence; we must learn to use it." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on October 8, 2013)


There are 3 levels in happiness. 1st level happiness is sensory pleasure or physical satisfaction like sport, music, sex. 2nd level happiness is attachment or emotional satisfaction like conditional love and motherly love. 3rd level happiness is mental satisfaction like unconditional love. (My commentary)


Monday, October 7, 2013

Compassionate attitude 思いやりのある態度

"Having a compassionate attitude is the ultimate basis for living a happy life."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on October 7, 2013)


Because compassion is the source of mental happiness for both ourselves and others.  (My commentary)


Friday, October 4, 2013

Prayer & Action 祈りと行動

"Prayer can be of great solace to the individual, but changing the world requires us to take action."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on October 4, 2013)


Any action based on compassion will create a better world.  (My commentary)


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Emotional hygiene 感情の健康法

"We need to be clear which emotions are harmful and which are helpful; then cultivate those that are conducive to peace of mind. Often, due to a lack of knowledge, we accept anger and hatred as natural parts of our minds. This is an example of ignorance being the source of our problems. To reduce our destructive emotions we strengthen the positive ones; such emotional hygiene can contribute to a healthier society." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on October 1, 2013)


Understanding the ultimate truth of interdependence is the key to generate reason such as compassion, gentleness and kindness. (My commentary)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Education of compassion 思いやりの教育

"If we make a common attempt to improve our education systems, we can educate the coming generations to be more compassionate."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on September 30, 2013)


At the same time, huge gap between rich and poor must be solved for more compassionate and peaceful society.  (My commentary)