Religion is no longer needed, says Dalai Lama

The world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer needed

His Holiness Dalai Lama came in critic’s radar when he posted most unpredictable quote on his Facebook. There he clearly says, “The world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer needed. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

Last year the Buddhist leader published a year titled “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World,” in which he discussed the idea first time to go beyond the religions. The Tibetan religions leader clears doubt:

Why Dalai Lama says, religion is no longer needed?

The difference between ethics and religion is like the difference between water and tea. Ethics without religious content is water, a critical requirement for health and survival. Ethics grounded in religion is tea, a nutritious and aromatic blend of water, tea leaves, spices, sugar and, in Tibet, a pinch of salt. But however the tea is prepared, the primary ingredient is always water,” he says.

“While we can live without tea, we can’t live without water. Likewise, we are born free of religion, but we are not born free of the need for compassion.

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