Dalai Lama: Stop Praying For Paris — Humans Created This Problem And Humans Must Solve It


**The Dalai Lama offered unusually sage advice for dealing with the terrorist attack on Paris on Friday.

Don’t pray for Paris — work for peace, he told Deutsche Welle, a German broadcasting company.

“We cannot solve this problem only through prayers,” the spiritual leader said. “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.”

He added his hopes that the record violence of the 20th Century doesn’t continue to bleed into the current one.

“We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony,” he said. “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.”**

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Well, he clear don’t understand the concept of “Pray AND act”.

I’ve never really put much stock in what the Dalai Lama says. Because of my age, I tend to compare and contrast him with Pope St. John Paul II, and there’s no contest.

Without God’s help, sinners are to solve their own problems? Scary thought.

I have read his kind of comments before by people who don’t understand who the Creator is: that Christians believe our Creator is angry with us and has left us to our own ideas. I think some of this understanding comes from Judaism but not sure. Either way, there goes the bridge of understanding I thought existed between two of the biggest religions.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! :knight1::knight2:

To my way of thinking this is a perfect example of Faith versus Works in World Religions.

Works of human caused and must fix this problem OR waiting for and expecting God to pull us out of this mess.

Catholic teaching is: Faith and Works.

We pray for God’s help while we roll up our sleeves and start working for peace.

Maybe he’s just been misquoted? English isn’t his first language. Could have been a technical hitch.

I think the Dalai Lama is simply saying that we, the people of the world, need to actually do something about this and not wait for anyone to fix this. He says we shouldn’t wait for God or the governments to fix this.

We need to focus on fixing our families and doing everything we can. If we all teach or families to love one another, the world will be fixed in the LONG run.

We can’t act with socialist ideas of “let the government handle everything.” That’s one of ways we got into the mess in the first place.

I would love to know what specific actions he thinks will cease Muslim aggression and violence. What specifically does he propose?


I highlighted the word “only” for a reason.

He statement is beyond criticism, in my opinion. It’s just good sense.

He’s a spiritual man who’s imploring sleepwalkers to pull their heads out of the clouds, and wake up with some old fashioned activism.

As the the Dalai Lama said, prayer and spirituality is part of the equation, but so is actual human intelligence and human work.:shrug:

I agree with you except for the fact that his last sentence is badly worded and indicates something different but despite this possible error his message was probably intended to have the emphasis you have made clear which is more in sync with everything else he said.

Don’t be too harsh on the Dalai Lama. He would not understand the dark spiritual forces that are driving these events. He sees from a human perspective.

However, many Christians don’t understand how to engage in warfare prayer, and how to activate the host of heaven.

We need to seriously pray for our own leaders to be guided by God’s wisdom. We have strayed from the Lord. The recent Supreme Court ruling on SSM has opened the door to judgement on this nation. It was a slap in the face to the Almighty. We must turn back to God and humble ourselves before Him.

Bless you all

I don’t know how many Buddhists are reading this thread, but if any of you care to respond I am curious: does this jive with your thinking?

A hearty Amen! :harp:


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