A Message for Peace
On 24th Jan 2002 the 'Convening for peace prayer by representatives of worlds religions' was opened in Assisi, Italy, to which the honourable Pope John Paul II had called.
It is hardly necessary to mention that Assisi is the birthplace of the holy Francis. Many monks are still maintaining his monastery. Pilgrims from all over the world continually gather there. How comes this meeting took place in Assisi?
On 4th Aug 2002 a great ceremony was held on the occasion of the '15-years anniversary of the summit meeting of all religions' at the Hieisan temple near Kyoto, Japan. Afterwards a conference on peace prayer and dialogue with Islam was opened at the international congress hall in Kyoto.
The wish for peace is in the heart of everybody. Since it is necessary right now to do something to end terror and war on this world. Even though we have this wish, in reality no country is safe from war and no society is kept free from terror; for it is humans who terrorize and who fight in wars. But where does this mind of humans, which leads to such ends, come from? It is, that man has both sides, good and evil, in him.
Assisi is a holy place, where the spirit of peace of the holy Francis is being honoured. It is a place, saturated by the spirit of this monk, who made it his task in life to search for balance between good and evil of humans. Content with honest poverty, he was a saint, who devoted himself to humility and love. A saint, who respected the lives of plants, birds and all animals. His heart was filled with a spirit and with thoughts that transcended the frame of his own religion, Christianity. He was a monk, who searched for harmony between human and nature.
This peaceful spirit in Assisi is of great importance. The Pope and representatives
of religions from the entire world went by special train from the Vatican's
train station to the meeting in Assisi. The words at the beginning of this
text are a poem, the asking and the prayer of the author (Roshi Hozumi),
who also participated.
Most likely we have to wish for harmony between humans and nature, aim at the living together of man and all beings and raise a spirit of symbiosis with nature, instead of subduing nature. Here we have to find a way out of the current attitude of man to see oneself as centre.
The sciences are necessary as well. However, as a human one has to stop
using unethical technologies.
That this is a difficult task for myself became clear to me, but only a short while ago, when I turned sixty. Until then I was somehow indifferent. Today I think that this was not to be excused. Feeling remorse today, I keep asking myself, how one should live as a human being, and go for purification.
On this I model myself.
I prayed for the well-being of all the Christians and went back from Assisi
to the Vatican with the Pope on the same special train.
Unsui means 'clouds and water': to search for truth calmly and without dwelling
as drifting clouds and flowing water. It is the name for monks undergoing Zen
training under the instruction of a true teacher, called Roshi.
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