Kudos to the Dalai Lama for offering an honest, sensible response to all those calls for prayers following the terrorist attacks in Paris:
We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.
We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.
That… that sounds remarkably like Humanism.
Either that or I’ve been a Buddhist this whole time.