chapter  Five
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Culture: An Expression of Values

WithLungtaen Gyatso

This chapter outlines the meaning of culture at a time more perplexed than ever in human history. Culture can be a tool and a technology for harmony and disharmony depending upon the values on which it is founded. Culture is largely understood and promoted as an identity product, devaluing the underlying values. Identity is only a relative purpose of culture. Cultural exposure or resilience is all about appreciating the rich diversity by seeing expressions as landscapes founded on the bed rock of values. Values are important for individual transformation and happiness, and expressions are important for solace and collective identity. A culture that is mutually fulfilling, a culture that ensures harmony, a culture that celebrates diversity, is what characterizes a progressive society in which the smallest unit is individual human beings. Human transformation is primary for any society for peace, harmony and coexistence.