The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is always garnering a lot of attention, and for good reason.
We cannot solve this problem only through prayers,”the spiritual leader said right after the attacks on Paris took place. “I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”
He added his hopes that the record violence of the 20th Century doesn’t continue to bleed into the current one.
“We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony,” he said. “If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
It’s really the real picture we need to see in front of us. Just because 5 minutes after your birth, they decide your name, nationality, religion and sect and you spend rest of your life defending something you didn’t even choose, doesn’t make you a religion judge. No one can solve the issue, and certainly not prayers. We need to solve the problems, as the Dalai Lama states: “we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”
He then continues to speak on another occasion about the Mass Brainwash of Society:
“Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering. (source)
Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people – his relatives and friends – suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused.” (source)
“Once you are involved in bloodshed you are no longer a genuine practitioner of Islam”.
The Dalai Lama rebukes those who commit violence in the name of any religion at the EU parliament:
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