Facing Tragedy from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Via Tara Lemieux
on Apr 15, 2013
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“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

Dalai Lama XIV

I’m not yet ready to comment on the tragedy of this day.

I think there will be many comments, perhaps too many…the ‘How could this happen’s’ and ‘What kind of monster could do just this’s”—though that dialogue may become an integral part of our healing, I pray that as these hours unfold, we will all move forward towards a true and compassionate understanding.

But for now, I—and I believe I speak for everyone else here at elephant journal—send out all of our collective love, and best energy…to heal the hearts of those who need it most.

And, may these hearts not ever lose hope.

To all the beautiful souls needing love tonight—you have mine…and most unconditionally.



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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


16 Responses to “Facing Tragedy from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

  1. Sophie Darlington says:

    Thank you for saying that " I am not ready to comment " can very well be an appropriate thing to say after a tragedy of this caliber has happened. Yes, many comments will be made very rapidly once the news is out, yet many people need time to absorb the information before making any kind of comment. My heart definitely goes out to the innocent victims and their families.

  2. Tara Lemieux says:

    Sophie, thank you for leaving your comment here ~ and sharing your beautiful energy with those who need it most. There will be much said, and sometimes those conversations can pull us away from keeping our spirit 'right' ~ to further quote His Holiness, "Sometimes silence is the best answer." It gives our hearts the time to reflect inward, and remember what matters most of all. namaste and much love to you.

  3. Ainver says:

    may there be more space for stillness
    than for anger,
    may there be gentle wings to carry the dead
    to the other shore,
    may there be a balm to heal the wounds of broken
    and the city,
    may there be always love
    to prevail upon the suffering
    of hate that hurts us all, more and more …

  4. metha mojdara says:

    In Bangkokbnow.talking to an americian friend with heavy past tthat would not free his mind. to be calm and let him tell you all what happen without judgement.is deep peace. Metha Mojdara bangkok Thailand.

  5. hopefull says:

    This is a tragedy….Yes surely….. Exactly the same even worse happen every day in Iraq….Afghanistan….And who occupy those countries?? We shall try to think globally about the "cause and affect"…then we might see less tragedy and violence….

  6. Muhammad Jamil says:

    Mr. Lamma, reply us, Why do Buddhist are enemy of Muslim in Burma. Do you know we are follower of Almighty Allah.

  7. tairui says:

    Ainver ~ that's a most beautiful sentiment. Would you mind if I share to my website?

  8. tairui says:

    Metha.. thank you.

  9. tairui says:

    Hopefull ~ you are right, there are tragedies each day…and each time, we must ensure our response is one that moves towards compassion and healing..

  10. tairui says:

    Jamie ~ much love, and om shanti…

  11. Padma Kadag says:

    Mr.Muhammed Jamil…Both Buddhists and Muslims are acting violently in Burma. But we should also know that this is more of a racial issue than it is religious. For the most part the muslims, not all, have either come from India or China and have been very successful in business which created a point of contention with the native buddhist burmese. To be governed at local levels by immigrants has caused tension. HH Dalia Lama has spoken out against the violence on many occassions. I would implore one of your Alim to declare a "fatwa" of peace regarding the Burmese issue.

  12. Merry says:

    I am glad to read your article.
    Its really helpful for me.
    Thank you.

  13. Tara Lemieux says:

    You are most welcome, Merry ~ *much* love and namaste.

  14. Naz says:

    Ainver, may I share this on Facebook please. We just lost 239 people in the MH370. We are all heartbroken

  15. talat Lone says:

    What great words of wisdom–mind if I share?