The Dalai Lama has urged the world to stop “praying for Orlando” and instead actually do something practical to stop such a tragedy from occurring in the future.
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, entitled “Why I’m Hopeful About the World’s Future,” the Tibetan leader writes:
“It is not enough simply to pray. There are solutions to many of the problems we face; new mechanisms for dialogue need to be created, along with systems of education to inculcate moral values. These must be grounded in the perspective that we all belong to one human family and that together we can take action to address global challenges.”
Speaking at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, the Buddhist leader called on the audience to observe a moment of silence for victims of the deadliest mass shooting in US history. “Yesterday, very serious tragedy, Orlando. So let us some silent prayer, OK,” he said.
“Although, one Buddhist monk grows quite skeptical about the effects of prayer,” he said. Real change required serious action, he said, adding that it was important not to lose “determination or courage.”
“Then on top of that, some prayer is OK, no harm,” he said.
Fifty people, including the gunman, the US-born son of Afghan immigrants, died at the Orlando nightclub on Sunday morning.