Leh, J&K, India - Concerned about the victims of the unprecedented and extensive flooding that has taken place in Western Japan in recent days, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
“I am writing to express my sadness over the loss of life, devastation of property and hardship caused to so many,” his letter made clear. “I have visited Hiroshima several times and am familiar with that part of the country. I feel a great sympathy for the families of people who have died and those who have lost their homes.
“I appreciate the efficient steps that are being taken to seek out and rescue those affected and provide relief. I pray for the success of the measures being taken.
“Over the years I have been able to visit Japan regularly and have appreciated the interest and enthusiasm that people from all walks of life have shown in my efforts to encourage cultivation of fundamental values such as compassion and religious harmony. Today, I want to express my concern for all those facing distress as a result of this severe natural disaster.”
In conclusion His Holiness wrote, “I would like to recommend that recitation of the ‘Heart Sutra’ would be of benefit at this sad time.”