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Osho says criminals need meditation, not prison; Dalai Lama agrees

Posted in Osho, the Dalai Lama, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by jason elijah

Osho said, in his book From Unconsciousness to Consciousness, “Something is basically wrong somewhere. What they are doing is unrelated to the problem. The person who is committing a crime is not a criminal, he is a sick person. He need not be thrown into a jail and tortured, he has to be put into a psychiatric hospital and served there, medically, respectfully. It is not his fault.

You must know there was a time when mad people were thought to be criminals and they were thrown into prison, and there they were beaten. It was only a few hundred years ago that it occurred to anyone that these people are not criminals, they are suffering from a certain disease. By beating them you cannot beat the disease out. You are simply being idiotic. They need treatment, and you are mistreating them. And the same is true about all criminals, because I don’t see that any criminal is born a criminal. The way he is brought up, the society in which he is brought up, makes him a criminal. And once his mind starts becoming criminal, then you have to change the whole way of his mind. It is no use chaining him, throwing him into jail, beating him — it does nothing. It is simply reinforcing in him that when he comes out he will be a confirmed criminal, a graduated criminal.

Your imprisonments, your prisons, are universities for criminals, from which they graduate. So once a man goes to jail, he comes out having learned many things from old criminals with whom he has been there. And all that he learns from your behavior is that to commit the crime is not the crime, but to be caught is the crime. So he learns ways not to be caught.

You have to change the track of his mind which moves into criminality. And that can be done. Biochemistry can be of much help, medicine can be of much help, psychiatry can be of much help. Now we have every resource to make that man a dignified human being.

Service is not needed, what is needed is a sharing of your consciousness — your knowledge, your being, your respect — but first you must have it.

To me the greatest problem of humanity is that they don’t know anything of meditation. To me, that is the greatest problem. Neither the population, nor the atom bomb, nor hunger… no, these are not basic problems; they can be easily solved by science.

The only, basic problem that science will not be able to solve is that people don’t know how to meditate.”

The Dalai Lama said, “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

the Dalai Lama on Ethics for Our Time

Posted in the Dalai Lama, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by jason elijah

In 2009, the Dalai Lama gave an amazing talk, which happened to be filmed, at the University of California in Santa Barbara. The intro speaker says the Dalai Lama is great is because “he embodies what he teaches.”

“Ethics for Our Time” summary from UCtelevision:

“In this talk His Holiness turns to one of his favorite themes: the importance of compassion. Far from being a uniquely Buddhist concern, the Dalai Lama explains why caring for others can be the basis for a rich and rewarding life for all people. Whether one is a Buddhist or not, whether one is religious or not, a concern for the welfare of others is just good common sense. Compassion changes egotism into empathy, and transforms fear into freedom. It is the basis for both personal and communal peace.”

Endless thanks to UCtelevision for sharing this wonderful talk on youtube! You can watch it here or save the mp4 video.

the Dalai Lama teaches Peace through Compassion

Posted in the Dalai Lama, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by jason elijah

Here is another great lesson from the Dalai Lama. This talk is from April 25, 2009, at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California, and is titled “Peace Through Compassion.” There are subtitles, even though his English is pretty good.

the Dalai Lama speaks at International Science, Spirituality & Education Conference

Posted in the Dalai Lama, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by jason elijah

Yesterday (December 20, 2010), His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the opening address at the “International Conference on Science, Spirituality and Education” in India, and you can watch the entire talk now, right here, thanks to youtube. Wonderful indeed. The Dalai Lama’s talks are always insightful and inspiring. This one is particularly amazing, so watch below or download the mp4 video.

Note: The first minute is spoken in Tibetan, the rest is in English.

The Way of the Bodhisattva

Posted in the Dalai Lama, The Spirit with tags , , on April 29, 2009 by jason elijah

From the classic Buddhist text, The Way of the Bodhisattva:

7.47 Let me first consider my resources -
to start or not to start accordingly.
For it is better not to start at all,
than to begin and then retrace my steps.

7.48 For, acting thus, the pattern will return
in later lives, and sin and pain will grow.
And other actions will be left undone
or else will bear a meager fruit.

The Dalai Lama says: “Before we do anything, we should always ask ourselves whether we will be able to do it properly and complete it. If the answer is no, we should not start. Leaving tasks uncompleted creates a habit for the future. So once we have begun something, we should be sure not to go back on our decision.

“Self-confidence is not to be confused with pride. Pride is thinking highly of oneself without good reason. Self-confidence is knowing that one has the ability to do something properly and being determined not to give up.

“Ordinary beings are prepared to make a good deal of effort for relatively insignificant ends. We have promised to work for the immensely more important goal of liberating all beings, so we should cultivate great self-confidence, thinking, even if I am the only one to do so, I will benefit all beings.”

the Dalai Lama

Posted in the Dalai Lama, The Spirit with tags , on August 28, 2008 by jason elijah

“if there were no longer
any humans on the planet
the planet itself would be safer!
certainly many fish, chicken
and other small animals
might enjoy some sort of
genuine liberation!”

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