Before we find out what he said, let’s check who the Dalai Lama is! The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and traditionally has been responsible for the governing of Tibet, until the Chinese government took control in 1959. The current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso; he is the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism. He’s well known around the world being the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West, and his charismatic manner has helped to draw much support for Buddhism and the Tibetan resistance movement.
In 1989 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for maintaining a policy of non violence with the Chinese government, despite the knowledge that many Tibetans would be happy to take up armed resistance to return him to his position as their leader. So what did he say about whether we should pray for Paris?
“People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings.
We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.
We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest.
So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
In the interview with the German TV broadcaster Deutsche Welle the 80-year-old added that many of the world’s problems have been caused by “superficial differences” of religion and nationality.
His message for the world is clear:
“We are one people.”