Pilton, Edinburgh — "Climate change is something that affects us all.We have to think about the well-being of the whole of humanity," His Holiness the Dalai Lama made this remark while addressing a large crowd gathering to welcome him at the Glastonbury Festival. Over 203,000 people are attending the event this year.
The Tibetan spiritual leader called for a more "holistic education" from kindergarten to university, which "should bring a sense of care" and help "promote human love". "Everyone has the right to achieve a happy life," he told the crowd gathering.
The Tibetan leader hailed the "full joy" of the revelers present, and got into the spirit himself by wearing a Glastonbury t-shirt on his head against the rain. "I can see you're enjoying this Festival, on my way here, I noticed that everyone seems to be full of joy. I'm happy to have been invited to this Festival of people. As I always say, the purpose of life is to be happy. Who knows what tomorrow may bring, but we live in hope. Without hope our lives have no direction," he added.
"The 7 billion human beings like us alive today all have a right to be happy. And it's sad to note that while you are here enjoying yourselves, in other parts of the world like Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, people are killing each other. Therefore, we need to promote a greater awareness that we are all human brothers and sisters, that we belong to one human family," He told the crowd.
He was treated to a rendition of "Happy Birthday" by the crowd in honour of his 80th year, and urged them to "think seriously about how to create a happy world, a happy 21st century -- that's the best gift for me".
The Nobel peace prize winner expressed dismay at ongoing violence in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere, saying it was "our own creation" and warning: "The killing of human beings by human beings is the worse thing."
His Holiness expressed his agreement with the Pope's recent aspirations to stem climate change. He pointed out how, despite the existence of a global economy, we think too much in terms of 'us' and 'them', when what we should be doing is considering everyone as part of 'us'.
"We exist in a global economy. Climate change is something that affects us all. For this reason we have to think about the well-being of the whole of humanity. Nature is telling us we have to find ways to protect the world."
"At the recent Nobel Peace Laureates' meeting in Rome we declared the need to address the elimination of nuclear weapons. We agreed that the time for just talking is over; we need to set deadlines for action and meet them. World peace likewise cannot be achieved by prayer alone, we have to take action. And we need to think about the world as our only home. We can't escape to the moon. This planet is our only home and we have to take much more serious care of it."
"We are all the same as human beings. We all want to lead a happy life. We can think of every day as a new day, as a birthday. When we wake up we can remind ourselves - 'I need to be happy, I need to have warm feelings towards others. This will build self-confidence, honesty, transparency, which leads to trust. And trust is the basis of friendship. We are social animals and we need friends. This is a source of happiness that I wish to share with you."
Arriving at London's Heathrow airport on Saturday, he had expressed horror at the previous day's attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France."All major world religious traditions are actually I think the source of the practice of love, forgiveness, tolerance. That very factor is now becoming the source of violence, it's unthinkable," he said.