Recent events in Japan remind us how fragile life can be at times and how connected we are to our brothers and sisters around the world. It’s a reminder of the truth of impermanence, the pain and suffering of the victims and their loved ones, and the empathic connection we share with others as part of the global community. Thich Nhat Hanh had the following to share on a Facebook posting on 3/15/11:

Dear friends in Japan,

As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.

The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.

An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.

Here in France and at our practice centers all over the world, our brothers and sisters will continue to chant for you, sending you the energy of peace, healing and protection. Our prayers are with you.

Thich Nhat Hanh

We are reminded of the preciousness of life as events like this unfold and the compassion that flows from the global community. Our practice teaches us to be present with suffering in a loving, compassionate way. One possible form of compassion would be to support the many charities who help our world community during these types of events. If one is inclined to support through Dana, here are some websites that offer ways to connect to the global effort of transforming the suffering going on in Japan.

May all sentient beings be free from sufferings. May all beings be well and happy.

With Metta,
Tommy Harrison