The so-called war of words involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States, raises an important question for our time: how do we define violence? Many people have pointed to the threat of violent conflict, but I believe that it has already taken place. In Buddhism, violence is thought of not just as physical action, but in terms of our thoughts and words as well.
It was fleetingly mentioned by some as a sort of chronological coincidence, but the 81st anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Northeast China, the incipit of the Second Sino-Japanese War, your average curiosity is not. The wounds of that war are still wide open and its unresolved legacy continues to cast a long shadow over the troubled relations between China and Japan, whose recent Diaoyu Islands dispute has come under the international spotlight.
I acknowledge you would like it here in Rio, and encourage you to establish a plan to arriving here in the future! Such lovely weather, lush green mountains and blue seas. So glad to be here reaffirming the stresses all these things are under. Even more glad to be acknowledging the need to begin to save them sometime in the future.
Against all previous form, I took part in a round of the X Factor this week. It was the familiar mix of competing styles and contingent emotion, followed by measures of first kind then merciless appraisal. My group didn't win: our blend of British "existential angst" with bold Brazilian overtones lost out and we were sent home.