Harmony in Diversity

A good brain and a good heart, I think, we can overcome all human problems. – The Dalai Lama

The following notes are from the video, “Harmony in Diversity: How to Move from Conflict to Compassion,” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. You can watch the video on YouTube:

Harmony in Diversity – YouTube

Here are the main messages from the video:

We all belong in one big, huge family. The mental and emotional level is the same – everyone wants happiness and to overcome suffering. All beings have the right to exist and exist happily. The goal in life is to be happy.

Individual rights and freedom are sacred within a community. Each person is unique and contributes to the whole. Like a human garden (with a different way of life and different cultures), the more colors there are, the more beautiful. To have a beautiful society, we need to care for each individual. We need to take care of our garden.

There needs to be extra focus on the family and schools. The children who grow up with human affection become normal human beings – who can show other people a sense of caring and compassion. The family must keep a compassionate atmosphere. Teachers in schools, too, must see the basic human value and make a good example in the eyes of the student through action (affection, caring, commitment, and responsibility).

Religious faith is a delicate subject because it invokes emotions. All religions have the same intention to create disciplined and happy individuals. All religions have the potential to develop warm-hearted people. Each religion has a different philosophy but the same purpose. We can have respect and admiration for different religious traditions because of their effort. A more variety of religions will benefit more variety of people. One religion or one truth can give the individual more faith or more enthusiasm to keep practicing.

Since we have human intelligence, we also have contradictory ideas. These contradictory ideas or opinions can encourage further development. As long as it’s not destructive, there’s nothing wrong with contradictory ideas. There is the possibility to overcome the contradiction peacefully. War and violence is an old concept. War means fire – using a human being as fuel. In the future, compromise is the only way to solve our conflict. The next century is a century of dialogue. We have to make effort and a proper plan for dialogue and compromise.

If we want to change, each person needs to make effort. We want to change but we expect it to come from a different corner. We all need a healthy way of thinking. The individual human being must have determination and self-confidence. We can develop altruism (selflessness).

Harmony is the only way to survive and further develop. We must realize every part of the world is part of ourselves. So, taking care of others’ interests is taking care of oneself. We are interdependent. There must be mutual respect, caring, and compassion.


We need a new vision of peace, harmony, and dialogue. We need to see people around the world coming together at the same table. A paradigm shift will happen and a newly formed human community will arrive. Please bring your peaceful presence to the table.

Namaste, world.