As part of an online event “Interfaith Prayers for World Peace”, hosted by Ligmincha and Cybersangha, Rinpoche introduced the Prayer Pacifying the Fears of War by Thangtong Gyalpo, followed by recitation by Bodhicharya sangha in Berlin.
Excerpted from Rinpoche’s talk:
Prayer is a very strong wish that comes from the depth of our heart. We wish that what we are praying for should happen, and that we do everything we can in order to make it happen. It’s a very strong aspiration, a very strong motivation and wish. When anybody makes a very clear and strong wish, that’s the beginning of an action, of a journey. And if lots of people together make that prayer or wish, then that objective becomes much stronger. /— / And especially when all different religions and traditions come together and we pray together, for the same purpose, I think it will become much more powerful.
Every good thing and every bad thing happen in our heart. Wars happen first in the hearts of the people, because of misunderstandings, because of jealousy, because of greed, because of hatred and anger, because of aggression that arises in our mind and in our heart. Then it translates into conflict and wars.
That is very destructive and bad for everybody, for all of us /— / and creates only pain and problems, and not just to one side, but for everybody. When there’s war, everybody suffers. Everybody goes through loss and pain and has to lose their loved ones. Nobody wins in a war.
Therefore it’s very very important that all of us, whichever tradition we follow and whichever faith we belong to, that we deeply, deeply pray, deeply, deeply wish, and do whatever we possibly can, to bring an end to this kind of conflict and war.
Video can be viewed on the FB page of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.