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Dalai Lama: Religion Is Something We Can Do Without

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religion is something we can do without

The Dalai Lama has been a living beacon of peace and compassion and the benefits of meditation for many decades.

When a religious leader says religion is something we can do without… that does make us sit up and pay attention for a moment, eh?

The Dalai Lama, who is the world’s best known and most loved religious leader, has written:

“I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. Far more important is that they be a good human being.”. . .

“That is why I sometimes say that religion is something we can perhaps do without.”

It seems many in the West agree with the spiritual leader, as millions report that they incorporate Buddhist practices such as meditation or mindfulness into their own spiritual activities without necessarily adopting Buddhism as their religion.

Does religion aid or hinder your spiritual journey?

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  2. Nory

    August 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

    i think that just as many people practice yoga for their health and fitness; people will practice Buddhist meditation and mindfulness techniques for the benefits that they bring, without bringing religion into their practice or classes.

    • Jim Arthur, Senior Meditation Editor

      August 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      I totally agree Nory. At least, we can only hope that meditation is recognized as contributing to health and happiness in much the same ways as a healthy diet and regular exercise are.

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