New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday asked his followers to not follow their religion blindly and instead draw faith from proper understanding and reasoning.
"If you are a Buddhist, it should not be because of your parent were. That must not be our reason to become a Buddhist. We must not be carried away with blind faith but we must understand the framework of Buddhism and teaching of Buddha," he said while delivering a religious discourse here.
The Dalai Lama, who was speaking on "The three principal aspects of the path", asked his followers to become a "21st century" Buddhist.
He said that one must not be carried away with blind faith and they must draw their inspiration and faith from the reasoning (before accepting or following the religion).
During the discourse, the spiritual leader stressed on people getting education so that they can differentiate between the reality and the appearances as it was the root cause of one`s suffering.
"The very purpose of education is to reduce the gap between the appearances and reality, he said, adding particularly, the scientific research try to reduce this gap.