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Turning toward Inner Science

“In this century, human knowledge is extremely expanded and developed.

But this is mainly knowledge of the external world. In the field of what we may call "inner science", dealing with the inner things, there are many things, I think, that you do not know. You spend a large amount of the best human brain-power looking outside - too much. and it seems you do not spend adequate effort to look within, to think inwardly. . . .

Perhaps now that the Western sciences have reached down into the atom and out into the cosmos finally to realize the extreme vulnerability of all life and value, it is becoming credible, even obvious, that the Inner Science is of supreme importance. Certainly, physics designed the bombs, biology, the germ warfare, chemistry the nerve gas, and so on, but it will be the unhealthy emotions of individuals that will trigger these horrors. These emotions can only be controlled, reshaped, and rechanneled, by technologies developed from successful Inner Science.”

~ The Dalai Lama, speaking at Harvard in 1984 ( courtesy of

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