PHOTO CREDIT: Kyodo for the Japan Times
The Dalai Lama comforts a child in Japan following the tsunami of 2011. Here we see the Dalai Lama less as a revered leader, and more like a benevolent grand-father. Time stands still as the cool water of the Dalai Lama's compassion soothes the terrifying flames of this child's fear and depression. When we are present for one another with no other motive than compassion and love, there truly isn't anything we can't survive together.
Times of extreme stress often have a way of stripping through the layers of the ego to expose a seemingly lost ability to co-operate as a society. During times of crisis and disaster, the self melts away to expose the innate goodness in all sentient beings. It is our dedication and practice as Buddhists and other spiritual believers to bring this co-operation to all moments.
It is in that unison, I believe, where we can prevent disasters before they unfold with their tragic results. And while a certain level of tragedy is the reality of life, we should do everything in our power to lessen the impact. In being present and aware of changes gives us additional information to head of problems and lessen consequences. That's the power of living in the present moment.
---I bow to the Buddha within all beings---