Dalai Lama: After Sept. 11, Yearning for Peaceful Co-existence

Via His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

Today, as we mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC, let us remember all the innocent lives lost and ponder the continuing impact of that tragic day. September 11th reminds us of the horror we human beings can unleash on ourselves when we allow our human intelligence and powerful technology to be overtaken by hatred.

We need to learn from our painful memories of September 11th and become more aware of the destructive consequences that arise when we give in to feelings of hatred. This tragedy in particular has reinforced my belief that fostering a spirit of peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding among the world’s peoples and faith traditions is an urgent matter of importance to us all. We must therefore make every effort to ensure that our various faith traditions contribute to build a more caring, peaceful world.

The Dalai Lama

September 9, 2011

Originally published in the Washington Post on September 10, 2011.

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One Response to Dalai Lama: After Sept. 11, Yearning for Peaceful Co-existence

  1. Scott Nance says:

    As always, very good, and very needed, advice from His Holiness.

    I was watching the replay of the 9/11 benefit concert last night. Richard Gere got up and called for compassion at that event, just weeks after the attacks. He cautioned against revenge, and was summarily booed, sadly.