James Taylor Performs at Dalai Lama Talk on ‘Beyond Religion’ in Boston

Yesterday I drove into Boston to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on the subject of his latest book, Beyond Religion. The event sponsored by MIT’s Dalai Lama Center For Ethics And Transformative Values, was held at the Marriot Copley Plaza Hotel Ballroom and it was a sold out event. With over 2500 attendees, it was clear there was a great interest in what His Holiness had to say on the topic. A performance by Massachusett’s own James Taylor national treasure, opened the event. Taylor performed a short set of James Taylor favorites with Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Owen Young, including: Secret O’Life, Sweet Baby James, You’ve Got a Friend, Roadrunner, America The Beautiful, and Shower The People. The roar of applause … Continue reading

Thousands Come to Hear the Dalai Lama in Boston

I posted here earlier today that I was attending an event in Boston featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama today. It was a fascinating event on the topic of His Holiness’ new book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. I plan to write a more substantial post from my notes taken today, but as I am attending another event at MIT tomorrow morning, I wanted to absorb both days and then write about the events. I did meet John Moroney today from NECN today and thought it would be good to share this video from NECN and reporter John Moroney with our readers… In his talk today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama stressed the power of compassion to change … Continue reading

A Talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values, & Wellbeing

A quick note… I’ll be in Boston for this event today: Due to security restrictions, smaller media outlets, like The Dem Daily are not allowed cameras, laptops or recording devices. I’ll be posting a piece on the event later…

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

(Programming note:  I’m going to keep the round-up, short and sweet.  But, I will continue to post a video for the day and make my usual commentary on my own crazy blog.) News gotcha feelin’ bitter?  Well, today’s Ten Post Round-Up ain’t gonna make ya feel any better: 1: Iraqi Government: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?… Iraq: From One Dictator to Another?—AntiWar.com 2: American economy: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst… 12 Ways To Prepare For The Next Great Depression—Best Article Every Day 3: DNC is suing McCain for breaking campaign finance laws… No, it’s not “hamstringing” McCain, it’s about investigating an election law criminal—Brilliant at Breakfast 4: The world is definitely coming to … Continue reading

Nobel Laureate Refuses Olympic Torch

There’s been a lot of news about the upcoming Olympics in China and the various protests and calls for boycotts. NPR reports today that “Kenyan political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai turned down an invitation to participate in the Olympic torch relay in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania.” Listen Here as Maathai “explains her decision and shares insights about recent political developments in Kenya.” CNN has more news on Kenya here.

House and Senate Pass Resolutions on Chinese Crackdown of Tibet

On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on China to “end its crackdown on Tibet and release Tibetans imprisoned for “nonviolent” demonstrations.” The resolution passed on a vote of 413-1, with “Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who recently dropped out of the presidential race, was the lone congressman voting against it.” The resolution passed just hours before runners were to carry the Olympic torch on a six-mile route around San Francisco Bay. San Francisco, California, which is in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 8th District, is the only U.S. stop for the torch relay, which is wrapping up the first week of a 23-city international tour. Pelosi and other House members introduced the resolution, which urges China to end the crackdown in Tibet and “enter … Continue reading

Nancy Pelosi Speaks Out on Tibet, Bush Silent

I’ve been watching the situation in Tibet unfold in recent days but have not found the time to write about.  China has been censoringthe news coming out of Tibet on the protests there and have sent in the military to crackdown. FreeTibet.org has a wealth of photos, news links and videos that have made it through the Great Firewall. On Friday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, leading a delegation of members of Congress, met with the Dalai Lama in India to discuss the recent protests in Tibet and lend her support. The violent “crackdown on protesters in Tibet,” by the Chinese government “is having powerful political reverberations in Washington, where the White House is weighing how far to go in condemning the … Continue reading