The Buddhist community in Syracuse has learned of the devastation in Japan from the recent earthquake and tsunami with shock. The images on WSYR Channel 9 Syracuse News of the immense destruction in Japan from this earthquake and tsunami has shaken up this community, http://bit.ly/gnEL1L. Buddhists here in Syracuse have close spiritual, friendship, cultural, educational and business relations with interests throughout Japan which is a predominately Buddhist country. And so news of prayers by the Dalai Lama for a devastated Japan has been well received here.
The Tibet Sun has reported “Dalai Lama offers prayers for devastated Japan”, http://bit.ly/fX6kai. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed “sadness” over the recent massive earthquake and tsunami which has devastated Japan and said he would pray for the victims. The office of the Dalai Lama has posted on his official Website that the Dalai Lama has expressed his shock and sadness on hearing the news of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, http://www.dalailama.com. Buddhists here in Syracuse share this shock and sadness for Japan and share in prayers for the victims.
The Dalai Lama has responded with this concern for Japan as the Japanese government said it believed more than 1,000 people have been killed by Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which devastated large regions of Japan. Recent figures place estimates of deaths from this disaster much higher. The Dalai Lama has a huge following among the Japanese Buddhists and he sent a message to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan saying he was very “grateful” for the country’s high preparedness which prevented even larger losses of life. The Dalai Lama has said “We must all be grateful that the Japanese government’s disaster preparedness measures prevented the death and destruction from being much worse.”
The 75-year-old Dalai Lama has visited Japan frequently ever since he fled his homeland in 1959 following a failed anti-Chinese uprising and set up his base in the northern Indian hilltop town of Dharamshala. Dharamshala has been organizing a remembrance where a special Buddhist religious chant will be recited for the victims and survivors of the disaster. The Dalai Lama told his followers in Japan “Such a recitation may not only be helpful for those who have lost their precious lives, but may also help prevent further disasters in the future.” The Syracuse Buddhist community shares these sentiments for a horrified Japan with the Dalai Lama.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com