Dear Dalai Lama, The world we live in today is in shambles.
There are all sorts of atrocities going on in the world and the majority of us do not have the courage to step up to make a change. For example, there are things like famine that is taking place all over the globe. In fact one in seven people on the planet is permanently hungry. Another thing that is always going on in the world is war. There are multiple military conflicts going on in which countless men and women are losing their lives. Genocide is also another problem the world is dealing with. In several countries genocide is taking place and most other countries just turn their heads and try to ignore it instead of taking care of a problem that is obviously wrong. I personally believe that if your religious beliefs were implemented more often in this world, this world would overall be a better place. Like I said earlier, famine is a huge problem that is ravishing this planet. Many countries around the world are dealing with famine. One in seven people are permanently hungry. This is why I believe your religious views would help reduce the amount of famine in the world. Even though I know it is impossible to completely eradicate the problem of famine, it would certainly help the cause; because one of the more important principles in Buddhism is that compassion is of the highest virtue. If more people in this world were more compassionate they would be more likely willing to help out others that are less fortunate than them, and overall this world would be a better place to live in. They would be willing to donate food to those that are hungry and do not have the means to be fed. Another teaching in Buddhism that would also contribute to the reduction of famine would be the not being attached to material possessions. With that teaching in place people would decide to live less luxuriously and would have more to give then to unnecessarily bloat themselves with excessive eating. Another teaching of Buddhism that
Another conflict that would be more effectively dealt with under your religious beliefs would be war. hopefully Buddhism will teach them the compassion to help stop it. You see things like famine and war are thing that are sometimes unavoidable and while they are unfortunate I would not put it under the category of evil. I understand that war cannot completely be stopped ever because people will always have their disagreements and have to solve them in some way. What is equally as bad I would say is that the majority of the population of the world knows of these genocides going on in our world and yet we do not do anything. This guiding principle of Buddhism teaches a path of moderation away from extremes of self indulgence and self mortification. In Buddhism they have a word called Sila which the English translation would mean virtuous behavior. I would think it would be an innate human instinct to stop such a monstrous act. Genocide is probably among the most disturbing and atrocious of most of the things listed above. and ten if your wish to reach monkhood. What I do not understand is why an individual must be taught to stop a certain evil like this by any religion. Unlike other monotheistic religions where they kill in the name of their God to convert people. but I believe under Buddhism people would more likely be able to come to a resolution without resorting to a violent solution. Buddhism more or less just teaches people how to achieve nirvana instead of trying to make people follow a so called God.
.encourages moderation is The Middle Way. and with that being said there is not really much room for interpretation. Under the five for basic morality number one says refrain from taking life from sentient beings. Genocide on the other hand is completely and utterly evil. Under the Sila there are five precepts to follow for basic morality. there are eight if you are a novice monk. To those that are oblivious to the suffering that goes on in the areas that genocide is currently going on. There is in no situation in which a group of innocent people be killed for a no good reason.
I am sure if we all work together we can indeed make this world a better place for us and the future generations to live and prosper in. and although I believe that most humans and most religions do indeed have the same core principles of compassion. So maybe instead of just one religion tackling these problems you should get together with the pope and other religious and political leaders and see what you can do to stop these atrocities.
.There are so many wrongs in this world that need to be corrected.
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