The Melbourne Tibetan Buddhist Centre aims to present the Tibetan Buddhist teachings in an accessible modern manner.
Buddhism has useful viewpoints to offer on:
- Developing greater wellbeing and inner peace
- Coping with life’s difficulties and challenges
- Managing negative emotions & cultivating positive emotions
- Living a meaningful values based life
- Compassion, altruism and secular ethics
- Meditation and mindfulness practice
- Understanding the nature of mind
Investigating the nature of the mind
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Melbourne Tibetan Buddhist Centre gratefully acknowledges His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the inspiration for the establishment of this centre. Our aim is to assist in fulfilling his vision of promoting the values of peace, compassion, non-violence and secular ethics. View these short 2 min webcasts on His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on the following topics:
Oneness of Humanity
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says we are all the same human beings and it is the most important thing to remember this. Differences such as race or religion are secondary and less important.
Today’s Global Reality
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about us living in an interdependent world. As humans we need each other and it is important to develop a sense of concern for others.
The Importance of Inner Values
His Holiness the Dalai Lama highlights that values such as love, forgiveness and compassion are universal and important for all of us irrespective of whether we are religious or not. He urges people to develop more awareness of these inner values.
Scientific Investigation in Promoting Secular Ethics
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that a calm mind is essential for a healthy body. He speaks about scientific research into the benefits of meditation and developing peace of mind.
Benefits of a calm mind
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that people often think things of material value will bring us happiness but that this is not necessarily so. They can also bring greed, jealousy, anxiety and worry. He speaks of paying more attention to inner values for a calm peaceful mind and greater health.
The Importance of a Compassionate Attitude
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks of how fear, anger and jealousy are based on a self centred attitude. But when we develop a sense of concern for other’s wellbeing our hearts automatically open. This brings openness, straightforwardness and transparency which leads to friendship. We are social animals and dependent on one another.
Peace through Dialogue
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about the need to find effective ways and methods to bring world peace. He says the 21st Century could be the century of dialogue and that this is the only way to solve conflict. Hope alone does not work and we need will and determination to move forward with dialogue.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Western Science Research Initiatives
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been collaborating with Western neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, philosophers and physicists for the last 25 years to promote dialogue, research and exchange between the Buddhist Contemplative traditions and Western science. The Mind and Life Insitute was established in 1987 and has hosted 27 conferences with world class experts on contemporary topics such as Neuroplasticity, Destructive Emotions, Education, Altruism, Physics and Cosmology, Economics and Ethics. Find out more at our Mind and Life Institute page.