After Sept. 11, yearning for peaceful co-existence

Today, as we mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC, let … Continued

Today, as we mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC, let us remember all the innocent lives lost and ponder the continuing impact of that tragic day. September 11th reminds us of the horror we human beings can unleash on ourselves when we allow our human intelligence and powerful technology to be overtaken by hatred.

We need to learn from our painful memories of September 11th and become more aware of the destructive consequences that arise when we give in to feelings of hatred. This tragedy in particular has reinforced my belief that fostering a spirit of peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding among the world’s peoples and faith traditions is an urgent matter of importance to us all. We must therefore make every effort to ensure that our various faith traditions contribute to build a more caring, peaceful world.

The Dalai Lama

September 9, 2011

More On Faith and 9/11:

Desmond Tutu: Our post-9/11 failures

Dalai Lama: Yearning for co-existence

Dan Dennett: Confirming our fears

Tony Blair: Remaking the world after 9/11

Sam Harris: 9/11 demands intellectual honesty

Thomas Monson: Rebuilding our souls

T.D. Jakes: Spirituality after the attack

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Radical Islam on its way out

Donald Wuerl: Peace begins internally

Katharine Jefferts Schori: Live the memorial

Mark Driscoll: Death and the hope of resurrection

Karen Armstrong: Unite through compassion

Deepak Chopra: Divided hearts, divided world

Yasir Qadhi: Americans still don’t know Islam

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  • justillthennow

    There is no more simple and basic, truthful!, and universal statement made here on these boards regarding 9/11 than this one. All of us are united by living our lives here and now on this planet Earth, fertile ground for our lives and abundant source of nourishment on all levels. I am grateful to be alive! and happy to share it with all others that live it now! Let us do right, show honor and respect for each of us in all of our diversity and uniqueness, give love over and over again, and forgive ourselves and those we hold issue with…

    It is a universal aspiration. Let us, each of us, practice that commonality in our lives!