Editorial: Religion

30 June 2005

The civil war in Nepal has reached the birthplace of Buddha. Soldiers are patrolling Lumbini, and the ancient kingdom of Prince Gautama has become a scene of hostilities. Spoken 2,600 years ago, his words of wisdom on violence and suffering and the overcoming of thereof are still valid today, yet they are hardly heard in Nepal. In other holy places, such as Jerusalem, even the very symbols of faith engender violence.