“The practice of moral ethics should be entirely voluntary and implemented on a personal level. I often tell Buddhists, when I’m teaching, unless you practice with sincerity, there is a risk of religion becoming a cover for hypocrisy. There are people who pay lip service to religion, but seem to be praying, ‘Please bless me in my mischief.”
Another question asked what young people can do to contribute to peace in the world.
His Holiness’s answer was straightforward: “Study. Become experts in different fields. Think more about society. Develop self-knowledge and emotional intelligence. And while you’re studying think more holistically, take the bigger picture into account.”
HH Dalai Lama, Middlebury College, VT
Oct. 12, 2012