Spiritual counseling and religious rituals can be of great help to heal the pain and relieve the anxiety of so much suffering. Monks and religious laity have helped people for thousands of years. We the Buddhist monks, take our responsibilities seriously and devote our attention and time to provide comfort, healing and counsel for the people. I have performed several mass memorial services and read hundreds of names of those who have died. We have had many blessing ceremonies. I have met several committed and hard working monks and nuns who are already working closely with me. And there are many other groups and organizations working in great effort and harmony to provide emotional and spiritual counseling.
As a leader in our spiritual community, I am committed to organizing and inspiring the community of monks, nuns and lay workers who provide the spiritual and psychological counseling for so many traumatized people. On January 31st, we dispatched some Chinese Buddhist counselors to refugee camps; and we will begin rotating groups of counselors who will work with children and adults. People are looking to the spiritual community for guidance and direction. We are all there for them to share our love and compassion and blessings.