Foreword for How Do You Spell God?

7 02 2009

Below is the foreword by Dalai Lama for the book, “How Do You Spell God?” by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman

“All the world’s religious traditions are similar because they help us become better human beings. For centuries, millions people have found peace of mind their own religious tradition. Today, the world over, we can find followers of many faiths giving up their own welfare in order to help others. I believe that this wish to work for the happiness of others is the most important goal of all religious practice.


Human beings naturally possess different interests. So, it is not surprising that we have many different religious traditions with different ways of thinking and behaving. But this variety is a way for everyone to be happy. If we have a great variety of food, we will be able to satisfy different tastes and needs. When we only have bread, the people who eat rice are left out. And the reason those people eat rice is that rice is what grows best where they live.


Because the important point of all the different religious traditions is to be helpful, we must maintain harmony and respect between them. This will benefit not only the followers of each religion, but will make our own neighborhoods and countries more peaceful. To do this we need to understand something about the world’s different religions. Therefore, I am very happy that my friend Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman have written this book that explains in a clear and easy way what the world’s religions are about.


For most of us, our religion depends on our family and where we were born and grew up. Usually I think it is better not to change that. However, the more we understand of each other’s ways, the more we can learn from each other. And the more easily we can develop respect and tolerance in our own lives and in our behavior towards each other. This will certainly help to increase peace and friendship throughout the world, which is one of the aims of all major religions.”


His Holiness the Dalai Lama



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