“Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.” HH Dalai Lama
In Buddhism, both learning and practice are extremely important, and they must go hand in hand. Without knowledge, just to rely on faith, faith, and more faith is good but not sufficient. So the intellectual part must definitely be present. At the same time, strictly intellectual development without faith and practice, is also of no use. It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.
A Tibetan Buddhist monk walks past a political mural on a shop door in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, northern India.
The question looms over this raggedy hillside town in Dharmsala, India, a place where ancient mysticism constantly brushes against the realities of modern geopolitics. What happens after the Dalai Lama dies? (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
That is seriously a great question and makes me anxious honestly… China has choosen someone to replace him, as has the Dalai Lama himself. Obviously it should be choosen by the Dalai Lama but China wants control and power over everything they can.. I don’t want to think about it! I have to meet the Dalai Lama first!! :)
Some dubious people with little real spiritual straining call themselves teachers, but actually take advantage of others in the name of taking care of peace of mind. This is unfortunate. It happens because, when it comes to spirituality, people are still very gullible.