August 3, 2014

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Crisis Between Israel & Gaza.


“Though it may be necessary at times to defend our people, war is a sickness that must be cured. War is a time out of balance. When it is truly over, we must work to restore peace and sacred harmony once again.”

~ Joseph Bruchac, Code Talker

When asked his thoughts on the recent crisis between Israel and Gaza, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered, “(It’s) unthinkable. All major religious traditions—Islam, Christianity, Hindu, of course, Jainism and Buddhism—teach us the practice of compassion, love, forgiveness, tolerance. So then a person who believes in certain faith, why do you involve in such violence? It is really very, very sad.”

My darlings, irrespective of our faith, our beliefs, our political difference, we are still joined together in this fabric of humanity. The violence committed is not an act against one, but rather an act against all human beings.

But, perhaps more important than anything else—violence is the acid which erodes humanity’s foundation.

And though we may not be able to resolve this sadness in Gaza, perhaps, in our actions each day: of patience, of love, and an outwardly engaged compassion, we might begin to affect a positive impact.

We are one world, one heart, my darlings, and, it all starts with you.

Through the smallest of actions, indeed we can make those much bigger changes.


Love elephant and want to go steady?

Sign up for our (curated) daily and weekly newsletters!


Editor: Travis May

Image: Author’s Own


You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

Ahimsa Nowe Aug 18, 2014 8:20pm

Quote from a journalist who interviewed the Dalia Lama: "The Dalai Lama holds a neutral view with no real political stance and dismissed the question around the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians but commented on violence, from whom? To be a friend of Israel and not criticize Zionism and what it stands for, to legitimize an illegal occupier and to encourage Palestinians with Israeli identity to normalise and not resist against the crimes against humanity by ignoring the fact Palestinians on the other side of the apartheid wall have no human rights, no freedom of movement, their land being colonised and being dehumanised daily whilst facing Israeli soldiers at checkpoints, to not oppose Israel and demonstrate oneself to be a leader of compassion whilst championing the injustices against Tibetans, is as hypocritical as the Western states the Dalai Lama seeks to sugar coat and gain support from whilst exposing the state crimes of China alone. To defend Shimon Peres who is a warmonger and persecutor of an entire nation and responsible for the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, responsible for children killed by white phosphorous dropping on their homes in Gaza, responsible for thousands of Palestinians being held in Israeli prison inhumanely in administrative detention without trial, is abominable." from: http://peaceandcommunity.wordpress.com/2012/06/19

robert Aug 6, 2014 9:45pm

What a lame response top such a grave issue. This is why I abandoned Buddhism.

Read Elephant’s Best Articles of the Week here.
Readers voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares:
Click here to see which Writers & Issues Won.

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.