His Holiness the Dalai Lama has extended his heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the people of Japan following the devastating earthquake that struck the country on January 2, 2024. Expressing deep sadness for the loss of lives, injuries, and widespread destruction caused by the calamity, the spiritual leader emphasized the importance of collective prayers and support during this difficult time.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Kishida, the Dalai Lama conveyed his sympathies to the affected families and individuals, acknowledging the efforts of the Japanese government in providing aid and relief to those in need. Highlighting his daily recitation of the 'Heart Sutra', a significant Buddhist text, the Dalai Lama suggested that Japanese Buddhists also engage in reciting this scripture as a means of offering solace to the departed souls and potentially preventing future disasters.
Currently situated in Bodhgaya, India, a revered site associated with Buddha's enlightenment, the Dalai Lama announced plans to lead a collective recitation of the 'Heart Sutra' alongside fellow monks, pilgrims, and devotees present at the sacred location. This spiritual endeavor aims to channel prayers and positive energy towards the victims of the tragedy in Japan.
The Dalai Lama concluded his message by reaffirming his commitment to prayer and solidarity with the affected individuals and communities, emphasizing the healing power of collective spiritual practice in times of adversity.
Edited and collated by Team TRC