Dalai Lama: we need compassion not money

Dalai Lama: we need compassion not money

by Belinda Merhab

Increasing rates of suicide are caused by the lack of compassion in society and we need to become more affectionate if we are to change the world for the better, the Dalai Lama says.

Addressing thousands of followers in Melbourne on Saturday on the true meaning of happiness, he said the replacement of affection in society with greed had brought mankind frustration and loneliness.

Money and material possessions provided temporary happiness but not true inner peace, he said.

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He urged people to exercise compassion and to shower younger generations with affection so they can create a happier world than the one that exists.

"Promotion of moral ethics based on affection – that is ultimately the only answer," he said.

"We need education for moral ethics from kindergarten to university … then I think there is real hope for transformation, better change in our society.

"Please raise the next generation compassionately."

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