In his speech last year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Dalai Lama told the world what he thought of the term “Islamic terrorism.” His words have never been more fitting.
“Buddhist terrorist. Muslim terrorist. That wording is wrong,” he said. “Any person who wants to indulge in violence is no longer a genuine Buddhist or genuine Muslim… All major religious traditions carry the same message: a message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline—all religious traditions.”
“The response to these atrocious incidents by the people of England and their faith leaders has been one of spiritual unity and triumph.”
Evidence of that message abounds today, for as the world mourns the victims of the recent tragic London and Manchester attacks—and as the media exploits the sensation, blood and gore—one story emerges more humane and ennobling than the rest: faiths uniting and supporting each other and their fellow man.
Here are but a few examples:
“The response to these atrocious incidents by the people of England and their faith leaders has been one of spiritual unity and triumph,” said International STAND Director Edward Parkin. “It has been a religious response in every sense. I am proud to be an Englishman, proud to be an active member of the faith community and humbled not only by the courage of those who risked their lives and safety to protect the attacked, but by the strength, resilience and fellowship of all concerned. Love always wins over evil in the end.”
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