Gun Control and Terminal Absurdity

The internet is full of articles and video from today’s Senate testimony regarding gun violence. I can’t read them or watch them anymore. One after another the witnesses, both sane and insane, revealed what is wrong with America at the depths of its core: the conservative-liberal schism; our propensity for violence in general and guns in particular; our devaluing of human life, especially that of women and children; the total loss of common sense within our collective polity; our willingness to stage these hypocritical kabuki charades in our legislative chambers, even as people are being murdered outside. In today’s case it was beyond absurd: at the very same time that Gabby Giffords, herself a former congressional legislator from Arizona, was … Continue reading

Dalai Lama Shares His Views on Happiness and Compassion in Talk on ‘Beyond Religion’

On Sunday, I drove into Boston to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on the subject of his latest book, Beyond Religion. A performance by Massachusetts’ own James Taylor national treasure, opened the event. The event was well attended with an estimated sold out crowd of 2500. With everyone in the ballroom standing, as His Holiness stepped onto the stage, the Dalai Lama took his seat on the stage and signaled to the crowd to sit. “Very strong light,” he said as he put on his customary visor cap that he wears often when speaking on a well lighted stage. He then walked over to Friar Thomas Keating and Brother David Steindl-Rast, the two Catholic priests also on the … 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