Question: “How does Buddhism explain the population explosion? If you believe in reincarnation, how is it that the population is expanding all the time?”
Lama: “That’s simple. Like modern science, Buddhism talks about the existence of billions and billions of galaxis. The consciousness of a person born on earth may have come from a galaxy far away, drawn here by the force of karma, which connects that person’s mental energy to this planet.”
Question: “Can you read people’s auras?
Lama: “No, but everybody does have an aura. Aura means vibration. Each of us has our own mental and physical vibration. When you are psychologically upset, your physical environment changes visibly. Everybody goes through that. As science and Buddhism both asserts, all physical matter has its own vibration. So people’s mental states affect that vibration of their body, and these changes are reflected in the person’s aura. That’s the simple explanation of the aura.”
Question: “Lama, can the various negative thoughts that arise in our minds come from a source outside of ourselves, from other people, or perhaps from spirits?”
Lama: “Well, that’s a very good question. The real source, the deep root of negativity, lies within our own minds, but for this to manifest it usually requires interaction with a cooperative, environmental cause, such as other people or the material world. For example, some people experience mood swings as a result of astrological influences, such as the vibration of planetary movement.”
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984; 1985 reborn in Spain as Osel Hita Torres, recognized by the Dalai Lama), “Becoming Your Own Therapist”
Keith (“Tricycle”-Community): “Lets not forget that multiple personalities may account for a large number also.”