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November 17, 2015

The Dalai Lama: Prayer is not Enough.

The Dalai Lama’s comment on the Terrorist Attacks is making waves internationally—even in mainstream media. It’s the very top post on Reddit.

The Dalai Lama on terrorist attacks: “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. … I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. So let us work for peace … and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.” (dw.com)

“People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. 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.

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. 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…”

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The Dalai Lama’s surprising advice regarding how to defeat Terrorism.

The Dalai Lama is a widely admired good guy. But we might not expect him to urge us to forget religion, considering he’s a leader of, you know, a world religion. So let’s listen in to his rare wise words:

Click here for the full interview. It’s worth it. “People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. 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.

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. 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…”

 

Bonus relephant, from the Bible: 

James 2:14-17

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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Relephant bonus:

Photo: Christopher Michel/Flickr

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Linda V. Lewis Nov 18, 2015 7:06am

Thank you for this post. It is so good that the Dalai Lama has voiced this. Prayer and aspirations are good, but then follow through–let's put such aspirations into action!

Bryan Nov 17, 2015 6:18pm

Nice to meet you elephant. You made my day better 🙂

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