As parts of Japan is burdened by the unprecedented rainfall leading to a flood and landslides, the Tibetan spiritual expressed his sadness and sympathy for the victims in a letter to the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His Holiness expressed sadness over the loss of life, devastation of property and hardship caused to so many and prayed for the success of the rescue measures being taken.
“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 according his official website wrote, “I would like to recommend that recitation of the ‘Heart Sutra’ would be of benefit at this sad time.”
Since last Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole month of July leading to an estimate of at least 100 people losing lives. Many buildings have collapsed and vast areas have been covered in debris and thick mud. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate as rivers burst their banks according to the report in BBC.