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Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Wish of Comfort for the Japanese People.

My heart throbs with empathy for the Japanese who are experiencing such all-encompassing destruction and suffering from the natural disaster.

I hold you in my heart through-out the day, and wish I could just spend some time with each person suffering to offer a warm blanket, listen to your fears and comfort your distress in any small way that I can. Perhaps a warm wash cloth to wipe off the grit or soft socks to bring some small comfort to your strong spirit.

I don't have a lot of money but I have found a few dollars to send with love; from one family member to another. I watch the news reports with the level of concern that I would have for a direct family member. I truly feel each human being as family because I have seen the power and reality of interconnection. We are all in this thing called life together and when one of us suffers, we all suffer.

My tears give way to conviction that the proud Japanese culture will over-come this trial like the noble and spiritually strong siblings that they are. I lend them my heart for whatever these words of electronic bit and bites can convey. I am with you in spirit--I listen to your cries on the news and embrace you with my energy and offer my patient ear should your stress call for such aid. I bow to your resilience and await the day when I can visit the land of Zen.

May the deep compassion of the Buddha's soothing words carry you through this time of struggle. The international internet Sangha is holding you tight in our collective arms and send you our support in full. We are with you for the long-haul--you are not alone, ever. Even though there is a long physical distance, we are together in the oneness of the Dharma--think upon your international sangha family and take hope and strength in our united determination. I leave you with this wish, from my heart to yours, from the mouth of the wise Buddhist scholar, Shantideva...

For as long as space exists
And sentient beings endure,
May I too remain,
To dispel the misery of the world.

Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

~Peace to Japan~

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James, I have written a post about "The Japanese Spirit" and I quote extensively from your post yesterday, Buddhism: A refuge for the Japanese. I hope that is all right. It's at

They call him James Ure said...


I am humbled that you found my words worthwhile to quote in your post. I'll be around to read it soon.

BD said...

“No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main....”

John Donne, 1624
I read this recently and thought it kinda fit.
Be Well,



sandra said...

My heart throbs for them and all of us who do not realize their is no good in chemicals. Life is more precious. This happened for a reason. I love and have always loved the Japanese and all people. My hope is that the power of love opens their awareness of what is real and destructive in the world. That goes for us as well. This incident is a wake up call to intelligence. Can you hear it? it's getting louder?

tozan said...

Well said, James! You echo the boddhisattva vow of Shantideva himself.

Let us make no mistake. Japan will make good its national motto, "Fall down seven times; get up eight." The nation is rich in human resources. Its net worth is fabulous.

Nevertheless this is a moment to seek the unfailing refuge of the Buddha Dharma.

Team Burton said...

I have also linked you quote on my page, you have spoken so eloquently and I thank you!

Sean Wang said...

What a nice post. I really feel sorry for those in Japan. My Spiritual teacher, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has written a post on the Japanese Earthquake on his blog. Here is the link:

Please do check it out.

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