we wish to achieve a harmonious multiculture, we need to have the
realization and understanding that we are all one, then all of our
problems will be solved. As ordinary beings, we do not yet have
this understanding thus our every thought, word and action is only
for ourselves, our family and our group. Our selfishness has resulted
in our harming others to benefit ourselves. This way of thinking
has led to quarrels among people, feuds among families, wars among
countries. It is the basic cause of natural and human-made disasters.
If we observe this world calmly, we might well wonder what is the
cause of these increasing disasters? It is our increasing selfishness.
As the Buddha told us, all disasters; all consequences come from
our ignorance, our false beliefs and wrong views. If we think of
a tree as representing the universe and look at its leaves individually,
as ourselves, they appear to be separate but in reality they are
part of the whole. Our thinking of ourselves as being separate creates