Sunday, May 15, 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  Last Wednesday our beautiful town of Fayetteville Arkansas was blessed with the presence of the Dalai Lama. There was a panel discussion in the morning and His Holiness gave a talk in the afternoon. The title for the discussion was Turning Swords into Ploughshares,The Many Paths to Non-Violence .The Dalai Lama was joined on stage by two iconic figures of non-violence:  Sister Helen Prejean, the nun and death-row activist whose opposition to the death penalty has won her an international audience, while inspiring her to write the New York Times best-seller, Dead Man Walking; and Vincent Harding, whose long career in the African-American freedom movement began when Martin Luther King, Jr. invited him to stay in Atlanta in 1958 and work for the movement; Harding would eventually be called to write King's epochal speech against the Vietnam War, 'Beyond Vietnam:  A Time to Break Silence,' which King delivered on April 4, 1967 at the Riverside Baptist Church in New York, precisely one year before he was assassinated. He delivered his keynote address, "Non-Violence in the New Century: The Way Forward" in the afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day listening and learning from these wonderful leaders.

So many people looking forward to the day!

He has the sweetest laugh!

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