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Interdependence, Interconnectedness & The Nature Of Reality (Buddhism/Dalai Lama/Meridian Trust/MVD DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: D     Extras: D     Main Program: C



The Dalai Lama talks about the relationship between the causes of happiness and unhappiness in a new program called Interdependence, Interconnectedness & The Nature Of Reality.  The nature of the action, how the past, present, and possible future exist to effect the outcome which can lead to either happiness or suffering.  In order to receive the greatest benefit or happiness outcome how we must invest not only energy and effort in achieving it but also energy in avoiding unhappiness as well.  According to the teachings, the source for human evil, hate/suffering exist when we choose to become ignorant of things around us.  That in order to achieve a more happier and fulfilling reality we thus must be more conscious and considerate of all around us. 


The Dalai Lama also talks about the keys to live a better/happier way of life that to truly understand and have control of the happiness in life we must accept the 4 Noble Truths, that to accept happiness and sorrow as the same.  Seeking only happiness without consideration only leads to ignorance and that eventually leads to suffering, but by being conscious about both positive and negative aspects of life can lead to a better life.  So a conscious sufferer compared to a un-conscious sufferer, they are same in that they are both experiencing suffering, but differ in one has no control over his life while the other still has control.  By understanding the relationship between the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, we better understand the nature causes to the human conditions to happiness and suffering (or are supposed to).


This project on the Dalai Lama's secret to happiness is a basic into program.  While Western philosophies and theologies teach people to reject and avoid 'sinful' ideas, Eastern ideas teach to understand and accept those things in order to avoid them.  The difference is like the Ying and Yang, good cannot exist with out a bit an evil and vice versa.  This was too long and I found it hard to sit through the almost three-hours-long dialog between the Dalai Lama and his aid/translator.  It is hard to explain something simple without getting very specific, and what could have been basically explained in three minutes got dragged out for 3 hours.



-   Ricky Chiang


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