Buddhist Thoughts at time of #londonriots

I actually wanted to write about a different topic this week within Buddhism until I came across the following quote from the Dalai Lama which I find ties in with the London Riots.

I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

We have indeed very challenging times. Kids set our streets on fire, our houses and businesses, they loot and riot. However, the Dalai Lama suggests that we must develop a greater sense of universal responsibility.

This is not just about a pair of trainers or kids being bored. This is not only about kids not getting the education or up-bringing from home/school but also about society. Politics, church and communities play a major role.

The universal picture, the holistic approach, the over arching principles have to be looked at. Particularly at times like these. When a country lives in fear of a minority of people that stepped over the line. Where people die because they defend their freedom and right of a peaceful life.

It is about the greater good. It is about being able to look beyond the individual looter but the bigger problem that needs solving. Only by doing so, the Dalai Lama says we are going to survive as humans.

If we aren’t able to solve our problems in a holistic way, with deep understanding of each individual and the groups themselves, we might not survive as a human race. We might just turn into animals. We become anti-human.

Let us solve the local problems, and so many people have gathered to solve the problem already. Let us move on and fight for peace, humanity and a better life. For all of us, for world peace and a better place.

Love and Kindness from Beckenham,
Volker