Why Is The Dalai Lama Asking People To Stop Praying For Paris?

Why Is The Dalai Lama Asking People To Stop Praying For Paris?
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Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama stated during an interview that people around the world should not turn to God to fix man-made problems.


As the hashtag #PrayforParis went viral, Lama said the notion to turn to prayer over matters that were derived from human activity is downright illogical.

As reported by The Business Insider, Buddhist leader Dalai Lama, one of the most influential spiritual leaders at present, concluded that the terrorist attacks on Paris do not call for spiritual answers. He stated that it is illogical for people to call for prayer about matters that may only be solved by man-made solutions.

When he spoke to German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, he stated, “People want to lead peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings.” He added, “We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. 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.”

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Given this, he does not believe in the power of prayer to remedy the situation. In fact, he believes that the only solution for people to stop ISIS is to look upon their own personal lives, how they need to incorporate peace within their respective families and societies, not to resort to prayer to answer the problem.

In other news, i100 reported that after the horrific attacks on Paris, millions of people took to Twitter and showed support to the state by posting the hashtag #PrayForParis.

The Dalai Lama added, “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. 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.”

The Dalai Lama shares his insights with regards to global rampage ISIS brought not only to Paris but to Syria and other parts of the world. Knowing that the Dalai Lama does not believe prayers are the answers to solve this global crisis, are Anonymous’ efforts then the closest solution to the man-made problem?