Friday, September 14
- DAVID HODGES
The Dalai Lama's letter to the President of the
United States of America
Your Excellency, I am deeply shocked by the
terrorist attacks that took place involving four
apparently hijacked aircrafts and the immense
devastation these caused. It is a terrible tragedy
that so many innocent lives have been lost and it
seems unbelievable that anyone would choose to
target the World Trade Center in New York City and
the Pentagon in Washington D.C. We are deeply
saddened. On behalf of the Tibetan people I would
like to convey our deepest condolence and
solidarity with the American people during this
painful time. Our prayers go out to the many who
have lost their lives, those who have been injured
and the many more who have been traumatized by this
senseless act of violence. I am at tending a
special prayer for the United States and it's
people at our main temple today.
I am confident that the United States as a great
and powerful nation will be able to overcome this
present tragedy. The American people have shown
their resilience, courage and determination when
faced with such difficult and sad situation.
It may seem presumptuous on my part, but I
personally believe we need to think seriously
whether a violent action is the right thing to do
and in the greater interest of the nation and
people in the long run. I believe violence will
only increase the cycle of violence. But how do we
deal with hatred and anger, which are often the
root causes of such senseless violence? This is a
very difficult question, especially when it
concerns a nation and we have certain fixed
conceptions of how to deal with such attacks. I am
sure that you will make the right decision.
With my prayers and good wishes
The Dalai Lama September 12, 2001 Dharamsala, India
RABBI YOSSI MARKEL
From reading many of the posts the last few days
it's becoming clear that most Americans are pretty
much clueless about who and what the terrorists are
and what their view is.
Of course we all know they are Moslem
fundamentalists and we consider them evil demented
But most Americans don't realize that what the
Moslem fundamentalists think is that AMERICANS are
the evil demented monsters and the terrorists are
Holy Heroic MARTYRS
YES ... MARTYRS in the cause of making the world
safe for Mankind under the sanity of Islam.
They want to do this by TAKING OVER THE WORLD by a
Jihad (Holy War) and thereby bring about a
I am not condoning anyone but just wanted to shed
some light on a confusing situation
Rabbi Yossi Markel
JAN BARENDRECHT RESPONDS
º>From reading many of the posts the last few days it's becoming clear
ºmost Americans are pretty much clueless about who and what the
ºare and what their view is.
Here in Spain, terrorism is from ETA - they want
independence from Spain for the Bask country -
although there is a far reaching autonomy already.
Having lived in Holland, neighboring Germany, in
Germany there was the Bader Meinhoff group,
responsible for a lot of killings - they were
against the capitalist society, but weren't
"pro-communist". And in Belgium, there have been
terrorists, massacring ppl for no known (political)
purpose at all... And in South America, Africa and
Asia, there also have been (still are) groups with
ºOf course we all know they are Moslem fundamentalists and we consider
ºevil demented monsters
And what does such labeling like "Moslem" bring?
ºBut most Americans don't realize that what the Moslem fundamentalists
ºis that AMERICANS are the evil demented monsters and the terrorists are
What most Americans don't know either, is that what
birthed fundamentalism... Poverty, hopelessness,
corruption, enforcing UN resolutions on Iraq but
not on Israel, to name but a few... Life in the
occupied territories (since '67) has been described
as "worse than Apartheid in South Africa" by a team
from the BBC world service... But nobody even
wanted to hear...
ºYES ... MARTYRS in the cause of making the world safe for Mankind under
ºsanity of Islam.
Well, the world isn't safe under the banner of
commercialism either - irreversible climate change
to mention but 1 ...
ºThey want to do this by TAKING OVER THE WORLD by a Jihad (Holy War) and
ºthereby bring about a "Messianic Age"
The same could be told of multinationals.... In the
process of taking over... Wasn't it Eisenhower,
warning against the military-industrial complex?
ºI am not condoning anyone but just wanted to shed some light on a
The Buddha shed quite a powerful light - to no
avail either. But it keeps the talking going on.
Terrorism , term usually applied to organized acts
or threats of violence designed to intimidate
opponents or to publicize grievances. The term
dates from the REIGN OF TERROR (1793-94) in the
French Revolution but has taken on additional
meaning in the 20th cent. Political terrorism may
be part of a government campaign to eliminate the
opposition, as under HITLER, MUSSOLINI, STALIN, and
others, or it may be part of a revolutionary effort
to overthrow a regime, a common tactic in guerrilla
warfare. Terrorism by radicals (of both the left
and right) and by nationalists became widespread
after World War II. Contemporary revolutionary
groups that engage in terrorist activity include
the "provisional" wing of the IRISH REPUBLICAN
ARMY; the PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION; and
the SHINING PATH, in Peru.
There are quite a few organizations looking like
terrorists which are but criminal organizations,
working for profit, be it from diamonds, drugs,
gold or oil... Tibet and Afghanistan are supposed
to be rich in quite a few "treasures" buried under
the soil... Hence, terms like "state's terrorism".
If only the human rights as defined and accepted by
the UN would be enforced, there would be no
terrorism - that simple. Enforcing the human rights
would mean fulfillment of the prayers of Tibetans,
Africans suffering from poverty and aids, and the
poor suffering from dictatorships - some of which
are Islamic and yet supported by the West, for
How to treat war criminals was shown well after
WWII - the Neurenburg trials. There was no excuse
for "Ich habe es nicht gewusst" (I didn't know).
The Germans learned the lesson well - damages
inflicted were paid for and it wasn't "covered up"
in the history books. Contrary to Japan...
The only lesson from suffering is, prevent it from
happening again! That is what moved the Buddha...
That was why the UN was founded, and why Europe
went on a course of uniting... The events in the
former Yugoslavia could be called a "test". A coin
has two sides - no law is forbidding both sides to
be be bright and shining.
I do not look upon this as a romaticised 'battle of
good versus evil' yet no one can deny the actual
horror of these evil choices.
I will not be silent nor will I shirk from my duty.
I will not go into this battle armored with
righteousness and indignity. Nor will I hate those
who deem themselves my enemy.
I will not shirk my duty. Nor will I hold back
though my limbs may quake and my heart lose its
resolve. Nor will I prop myself up with emptyness
and false ideals.
Let my sword be love and my might compassion. For I
see arrayed on this battlefield the multitude of
the one who sets all in motion.
May we all learn to walk in peace - Michael
<Imagine no possessions, its easy if you try>
My friend Dave always got upset with that line from
John Lennon (whom he loved, by the way) pointing
out how could he say that when he had his big
houses and millions.
Yes its a big ask. It would mean giving up my God
and your God, my Nation and your Nation, my Person
and your Person, my religion and your religion, my
self and your self.
People would end up giving their life to each
No it'll never catch on.
Why did they kill so many innocent people?
That's all that keeps coming to my mind. I'm still
trying to understand/grasp/measure the extent of
loss of human life. When I saw the survivors
describe what happened, I shed tears.
I'm a Muslim, but I think this has scarred my heart
and I can't stop thinking about it. My hands are
trembling as I write this message and I'm holding
back my tears...
I hate terrorists, whatever their religion, this
has increased my disgust.People see me on the
street and I can see the expressions on their
faces,they can't see the man behind the beard. They
just see the painted media image of people like B1n
1aden. But I go out of my way to remove the false
It' might be just too easy to say, but I wish I had
died instead, stopping the terrorists and
preventing what happened. We can't change the past.
The Quran says:
"Whoever killed one innocent human being, it is as
if he had killed all mankind. And whoever saved one
human life it is as if he saved all of mankind"
I hope and pray that nothing like this happens
again and that the terrorist sare caught and
punished according to the Law. I offer my sincere
condolences to the friends and families of the
victims and the brave men and women of the Fire
What is the key
To untie the knot of your minds
What Is the esoteric secret
To slay the crazed one
whom each of us Did wed
And who can ruin
Our hearts and eyes exquisite
Hafiz has found
Two emerald words that
That I now cling to as I would sacred
Tresses of my
Act great. My dear, always act great.
What is the key
To untie the knot of the minds
Benevolent thought, sound And movement.
(The Gift versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
Here are some links which lead to what may be of
911: Background and thesis
Monolithic powers in combat; ancient struggles
resurface in modern times
It is virtually impossible to defeat 'terrorism',
without annihilating the entire population, and
then some would escape.
The British Govt with all its relative power,
technology, military, MI5, SAS, etc etc couldn't
defeat 200 IRA members. Only after the bombing of
Canary Wharf in London did the negotiations get
serious. Even now the Real IRA, and Continuity IRA,
have recently set bombs in London, and they are
even rejects from the orginal IRA, which thankfully
is now at peace.
It is not really possible to defeat terrorists,
only removing the cause or politic can do that. It
has been proved time and time again that small
bands can bring Empires to their knees, but the
Empires never learn, it is an ego thing.
It is always the small person that suffers for the
egos of big men. Remember Franklin's expression,
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Let us pray for the 5,000 dead and living of the
WTC terror, but let us also pray for the 5,000
children that starved to death last night, and the
same number again tonight. Let us pray for the
thousands killed in all kinds of wars last night.
Let us pray that nations wake up and understand non
violence and karma.
Let us pray that Gaia doesn't wake up.
Let us also pray for those in government and in the
military, for the executives of multinational
Let us pray in awareness of Who we are, as all is.
Let us require it of ourselves.
What I am most glad of is when any one of us,
living in this mixed world of pleasures and pains,
wakes up in the truth of us. In the meantime, the
stories we live through are amazing.
~ One of the ministers in today's prayer service in
the national cathedral said this today also....
"In our determination to overcome an evil force,
let us not become evil ourselves."
... John Lennon's 'Imagine'...
I woke up this morning with that song playing in my
head... thought about it several times today. A
short while ago, the loveliest thing happened:
I had lain down with the dogs in the study and had
drifted off into semisleep, very comfortable,
looking forward to what I hope will be my first
full night of sleep in some time... delicious
anticipation, already well on my way. John was
checking his message board. As I dozed, the song
began to play again... drifting like mist through
mountain valleys, thickening, thinning, whorling
through my awareness. It took me some time to
realize the song was not in my head, but was
arriving via the computer speakers. Beautiful
I CHING READING
Cast the coins at facade.com with as clear an intuition of emptiness as
possible, while yet
aware of identity's screen.
Purpose: To see the future! Grandiose? Gosh I hope not...all the words
about humility in the
reading seem to pertain to an individual, but I think it can be easily
interpreted to fit our
situation of shock and sadness
57. The Sun Hexagram
1. The first (bottommost) line,
divided, shows its subject (now) advancing, (now) receding. It would be
advantageous for him
to have the firm correctness of a brave soldier.
2. The second line, undivided,shows the representative of Sun beneath a
couch, and employing
diviners and exorcists in a way bordering on confusion. There will be
good fortune and no
3. The third line, undivided, shows its subject penetrating (only) by
violent and repeated
efforts. There will be occasion for regret.
4. The fourth line, divided, shows all occasion for repentance (in its
subject) passed away.
He takes game for its threefold use in his hunting.
5. The fifth line, undivided, shows that with firm correctness there
will be good fortune (to
its subject). All occasion for repentance will disappear, and all his
movements will be
advantageous. There may have been no (good) beginning, but there will be
a (good) end. Three
days before making any changes, (let him give notice of them); and three
days after, (let him
reconsider them). There will (thus) be good fortune.
6. The sixth line, undivided, shows the representative of penetration
beneath a couch, and
having lost the axe with which he executed his decision. However firm
and correct he may (try
to) be, there will be evil.
Gentle. Wind. Flow. Permeation. Travel and Trade.
Gentle. Wind. Flow. Permeation. Travel and Trade.
Upper Nuclear Trigram
Fire. Sun. Light. Perception. Destruction. Violence. Weapons.
Lower Nuclear Trigram
Joyous. A Marsh. Basal. Insufficient. Incomplete. Beware excess which
can lead to ruin.
15. The Khien Hexagram
1. The first (bottommost) line, divided, shows us the superior man who
adds humility to
humility. (Even) the great stream may be crossed with this, and there
will be good fortune.
2. The second line, divided, shows us humility that has made itself
recognised. With firm
correctness there will be good fortune.
3. The third line, undivided, shows the superior man of (acknowledged)
merit. He will
maintain his success to the end, and have good fortune.
4. The fourth line, divided, shows one, whose action would be in every
stirring up (the more) his humility.
5. The fifth line, divided, shows one who, without being rich, is able
to employ his
neighbours. He may advantageously use the force of arms. All his
movements will be
6. The sixth line, divided, shows us humility that has made itself
recognised. The subject of
it will with advantage put his hosts in motion; but (he will only)
punish his own towns and
Humble, Yielding, Earth, Darkness, Female, Form.
Mountain. Gathering (dust becomes mountains). Immoveable. Unchanging.
Upper Nuclear Trigram
The Spark. New Beginnings. New Life.
Lower Nuclear Trigram
Water, Gathering (like rain, droplets become oceans), Travel from High
to Low, Sadness,
The last is certainly true...our tears are like rain.