Stephen Batchelor writes about the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from India in Tricycle Magazine. Good article. On newsstands now.

Still, I wonder whether New Mexico is a good example. New Mexicans are quite happy with their culture, which is a unique mix of Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures (((Anglo is New Mexico-speak for everyone who is neither Hispanic nor Native American))) Some people say that New Mexico is neither Mexico nor the USA, which is confirmed by many tourists, including Americans, arriving here and wanting to change dollars for the local currency, or wondering how much international calls are to the States.

Maybe eventually New Tibet will emerge, a culture that might be neither the old Tibet nor the old China. It sure looks like that might be the best one can hope for at present.

Santa Fe – Seattle – New Orleans

Upayans viewing Roshi moderating panel with Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu in Seattle.
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The Pope Visits America
Compare that with the Dalai Lama’s message during his recent visit to Seattle.

“You can’t be compassionate only toward people you like or toward people who are the same as you. You must also be compassionate toward people whose ideas you don’t agree with…. If you limit your kindness and compassion to people with whom you already have something in common, then you’re weakening yourself.”
(Via ~C4Chaos)

It is easy to love the people we like. The real test is to love the people we don’t like. That is a daily struggle, isn’t it.

Roshi Joan Halifax at the New Orleans Superdome for V-Dav:
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