In November 2016 when Donald Trump was elected President I was among many to be shocked. Although my immediate reaction was one of disbelief, this was immediately followed by an urgent need to send Donald Trump love and light and pray that he connect to his higher self / Buddhahood. In light of recent events, i.e. the situation in North Korea, I feel this is even more imperative and that we can also send love and light to Kim Jong-un and pray for him to reveal his higher self / Buddhahood. (BTW, has anyone else noticed that his name rhymes with wrong-un? Haha)
I practice Nicherin Buddhism with the SGI as I have mentioned before. One of the things that drew me to this practice is that the SGI are passionate about the abolition of nuclear weapons and achieving ‘kosen rufu’ (world peace) through dialogue.
A couple of things have really brought home the horror of war to me lately. The first was when I watched the film ‘Dunkirk’. This film is about World War II, in particular the evacuation of the British soldiers from Dunkirk. The film was terrifying. I was surprised it was only rated a 12. Although I usually avoid such negativity I felt it was important to watch this film and be reminded of how terrible war is. In this day and age it is so easy to forget and be blasé.
I also read about the terrible effects of the bombs in Japan in the biography of the second president of the SGI, Josei Toda and then in a recent SGI meeting we talked about the effects of the bomb in Hiroshima and watched a YouTube video of survivors.
As I said in my previous article “it all comes down to a choice between love and fear.” In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”