i just came back from a visit to the buddhist temple here in kelowna where we are for our summer vacation. the minister there is chanting sutras in a non-stop 12-hour marathon to commemorate the 62nd anniversary today of the bombing of nagasaki. as opposed to hiroshima, which had been bombed a few days earlier and had somewhat of a military presence, nagasaki was entirely civilian. the bomb was dropped directly onto a church.
(“i take refuge in the buddha” )
as i contemplate the horrors of war, strangely yet mercifully unknown to me personally, i pray that we all take refuge in kindness, peacefulness, compassion and tolerance.
(image courtesy of kamoda)