War is outdated

The Dalai Lama is in the United States. He was in Denver over the weekend and at the PeaceJam Festival he told young people that war is outdated. He said, “destruction of your neighbor is actually destruction of yourself.” That sounds a bit like Jesus, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I got to thinking about how grateful I am for President Bush and his endless war, because it presents such a wonderful contrast with a truly holy man like the Dalai Lama. Without President Bush the beauty of the Dalai Lama is dimmed or not fully appreciated. I long for the day when we have leaders in this country who actually work for peace and not for war.

I was hoping to see the Dalai Lama when he was in Western New York, but alas I procrastinated too long. I believe that the holiness of his presence at the University at Buffalo will be palpable. He just exudes peace and holiness. There is no doubt that his visit will bring a renewed interest in Buddhism and Zen Buddhism in particular. Many Christian mystics including Thomas Merton appreciated the wisdom of the east. There is an oriental quality to what Jesus said that has been neatly excised by the dualism of the Greeks which has been handed down to present day Western Christianity. The prayer of Jesus, “that they all may be one.” speaks to oneness. Thich Nhat Hanh has written a lovely book that is worth your time, “Living Buddha, Living Christ” that speaks to the similarities in the message of Jesus and Buddha.

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About Don Watkins

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, US Navy Veteran, Secular Franciscan, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.
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3 Responses to War is outdated

  1. friar minor says:

    One time His Holiness came to my mother’s place of work. I was excited to ask her for her impressions of the visit. She told me that she missed him because she was “upstairs doing something else.” Can you believe that?

  2. Poverello says:

    “War should belong to the tragic past, to history. It should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future”
    John Paul II

  3. Don says:

    Thanks for the quote by John Paul and the story about your mother. Very delightful.:-)

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