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Monday, September 26, 2005

Dalai Lama: War is Outdated


Associated Press Writer
September 26, 2005, 11:05 AM EDT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Dalai Lama told 36,000 people at Rutgers Stadium that the concept of war was outdated and young people have a responsibility to make this century one of peace.

"This whole planet is just us," the 70-year-old exiled monk said Sunday. "Therefore, destruction of another area essentially is destruction of yourself."

Tibet's spiritual leader also urged the audience to develop a wider world perspective, not just focus on "America, America, America."

In his lecture, "Peace, War and Reconciliation," the Dalai Lama said society's dream should be a world free of nuclear and biological weapons.

He noted their danger -- and their expense, saying some African states have an abundance of weapons, but not enough food.

James's comment: The Dalai Lama is (in my view) one of the wisest spiritual and political leaders that we have. I only wish that President George W. Bush would meet with this great man and take advantage of his great wisdom and peaceful energy.

I enjoy how the Dalai Lama speaks in a clear and simple manner because the truth does not take complex wording. What a blessing to all of us to have this great bodhisattva amongst. May we all take his words to heart and work for a more peaceful world.

-Peace to all beings-

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Jonpaul said...

"This whole planet is just us" I wish more Americans would realize this. It seems to me like a lot of Americans have the attitude that we're better than everyone else. We're all in this together.

dave said...

Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama's words would fall on W's deaf ears.

"James" said...


I do too. A lot of Americans believe that they are the only ones on the planet.


I'm afraid you're right.

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