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Dalai Lama says the world needs a global system of secular ethics

Saying that it’s past time that people stop relying on religion for their ethical laws, the Dalai Lama has called on the need for humanity to develop a system of secular ethics.

"The reason for this is that there are those who have faith in religions and there are many who don’t," the Dalai Lama said, adding that even among religious leaders, "there are some who are responsible for injustice, deception, hypocrisy, and exploitation."

Current education, he said, is almost always geared towards economic development, which “neither helps solve individual mental problems nor society-level problems.”

“Regardless of whether or not one believes in any religion, the practice of ethical conduct is an urgent, direct need in today’s world,” the Dalai Lama said.

He noted that based on dialogues with scientists, “it has been proven that being compassionate and kind-hearted is not [exclusively] connected to religion.”

Encouraged by the significant number of scientists attending the conference, a group consisting primarily of psychologists and neuroscientists, the Dalai Lama said, “This has turned out to be very productive in promoting mutual understanding of each other’s positions, and I am confident of further progress if we continue in this way.”


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