When I turned on the TV alternating between BBC, CNN and AL JAZEERA, I saw what most people would have known by now, that there was several attacks made in Paris and that there’s an hostage crisis in Bataclan Concert Hall (they sometimes call it Bataclan Theatre).
I shall not go into details about it simply because as of now most of the reports are still hazy and I will leave that to the professionals to do the reporting.
But what I would like to talk about is that I read in the news that #PrayForParis trended on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is really heartening to see people form all over the world expressing their solidarity to this attack, an attack that President Barack Obama who has extended his sympathy and support not only to President Hollande but to the rest of French people, says is not just an attack against France but also an attack against humanity.
However, I do hope that most people would have really prayed for Paris and not just put it on the social networking sites for it to trend. Our prayers no matter how simple would make a difference. But let us not just simply pray for the people who died or who were hurt, let us also pray for people who lost their families, children who upon waking up on Saturday would have found out that their parent/s have died in the attack or parents who lost a child or people who lost a sibling, a friend. Let us also pray for those who were involve in the rescue operations, for those who are involve in the investigation, but more importantly also those who terrorists who killed all those people. They need as much if not more prayers.
For Buddhists you can chant the following:
- Medicine Buddha Mantra – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE (BHEKANDZYE) RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA
- Mantra of the Compassionate Bodhisattva Kuan Yin – OM MANI PADME HUM
- Mantra of Amitabha Buddha – OM AMI DEWA HRIH
- Mantra of Kstigarbha Bodhisattva – OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM
Chant as many as you can.
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