The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leader, addressed people of different faiths and religions at the Zojoji Temple in Minato Ward, Tokyo last week. Some 200 people were in attendance as the leader spoke about how one’s outlook in life can affect the way they live. The talk was organized by Live On, a non-profit organization whose advocacy is to stop suicide and raise support for the children of natural disaster victims.
The famous leader went on to explain that most of the problems humans encounter are of their own making, and thinking that they are all different from one another. This kind of thinking has a tendency to separate people instead of uniting them. His speech centered on the essential “oneness” of all people and emphasized on the divisiveness that comes with focusing on the “them” and “us,” rather than on the “we”, as a whole. Religious harmony is one thing that His Holiness has committed himself to, and hopes that it is something that Japan can contribute to as well.
Live On’s director, Terumi Okaku said, “I feel that there are many young monks who are troubled about how to make contributions to society. I hope that Buddhist priests working in the (Great East Japan Earthquake) disaster areas and elsewhere can find hope (in the Dalai Lama’s speech).”