At the conclusion of the Monlam Chenmo festival, the His Holiness the Dalai Lama often gives an annual talk on the Jataka tales in Dharamsala. The Jataka tales reveal some of the past lives of the Buddha, and communicate lessons through these stories.

While it may seem hard for many non-Buddhists and even practicing Buddhists to believe these stories, His Holiness begins the talk by saying that the Buddhist teachings must be examined thoroughly by reason and logic, and should not be accepted based on blind faith. He refers to the Buddha as a philosopher, and his philosophy runs very deep with its logical viewpoints and reasoning. He warns however, that even though the philosophy is readily available to many people, very few people actually are able to put it into practice. He considers these gatherings as a chance to put these teachings into practice in order to create inner change.

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