His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently told Time Magazine that the COVID-19 pandemic “serves as a warning that only by coming together with a coordinated, global response will we meet the unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.”
Internal disarmament rids ourselves of negative emotions
The Dalai Lama said that in recent years, he has been stressing emotional disarmament. By this, he means “to try to see things realistically and clearly, without the confusion of fear or rage. If a problem has a solution, we must work to find it; if it does not, we need not waste time thinking about it.”
Taking care of this planet is a shared responsibility
The Dalai Lama says that during these times “we are all worried about loved ones and the future, of both the global economy and our own individual homes. But prayer is not enough.
“In this time of great fear, it is important that we think of the long-term challenges—and possibilities—of the entire globe. Photographs of our world from space clearly show that there are no real boundaries on our blue planet. Therefore, all of us must take care of it and work to prevent climate change and other destructive forces. This pandemic serves as a warning that only by coming together with a coordinated, global response will we meet the unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.”
The Dalai Lama is the foremost spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. His full article can be read in Time Magazine – April 14, 2020.