Wars, “religious” fundamentalism, economic collapse, criminality, and climatic catastrophes have generated an explosion of human migrations in search of safety and wellbeing.
Although countless compassionate persons have welcomed them with open arms, the arrival of refugees has also unleashed xenophobic and racist reactions among ample segments of the populations of countries that receive (or perceive themselves as recipients of) these migratory waves.
In some locations, refugees have been forced to wear red wristbands for identification purposes, and in others their scarce possessions have been confiscated.
For more than 2,600 years, Buddhists have taken Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. We are Refugees!
Let us assume now the duty to extend our hands to our refugee brothers and sisters with loving kindness and compassion.