Yesterday His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama celebrated his 75th birthday.
I heard this on the radio yesterday and it got me to thinking… what a tremendous age we have been living in. In just my lifetime (the past 40+ years) there have been giants of humanity that have had a positive influence on our world. (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Stephen Hawking and the list could go on of people in science, politics and faith)
I few years ago I had the chance to hear His Holiness speak at Rice University here in Houston. It was great. Such a wonderful talk he gave on his usual topic… compassion.
An interesting side story… while standing in line I was right behind Dr Robert Thurman, who is a highly regarded Buddhist scholar and supposedly personal friend of the Dalai Lama.
I said, “Dr Thurman?”
“I just wanted to say hello. I saw your interview in that movie called ‘One’. And well… hi. [and i stuck out my hand]”
He said, “hello,” and shook my hand.
Nice guy, Dr Thurman.
Anyway… that’s it. Happy Birthday Dalai Lama wherever you are.
The paragraph below comes from a link at the History Channel’s website.
On this day, Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, thought to have lived in India from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. Actually, the Buddhist tradition that celebrates his birthday on April 8 originally placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., and it was not until the modern era that scholars determined that he was more likely born in the sixth century B.C., and possibly in May rather than April.
Yesterday PBS aired a documentary on the life of the Buddha and his teachings. I have been enjoying it immensely on YouTube. Below is the 1st of 19 parts TheBuddhaPBS youtube channel has posted.
Well, I’m sure you know by now Pope Benedict XVI is coming over to pay the U.S. a visit.
You know what?….. I didn’t realize he’s been the head honcho, el jeffe, big kahuna, the-buck-stops-here of the Catholic Church for three years now. Time flies when you’re havin fun right.
Well, he isn’t coming to Texas this year. Kinda feel a little snubbed. You know like when your favorite band goes out on tour and they hit a couple of other cities in your state but decide not to swing by your city. Sucks!
I mean c’mon! We have this big new cathedral and everything that cost about a buhzillion dollars to build… well, co cathedral to be more accurate. I heard the reason they call it a co cathedral but I wasn’t really paying attention. Anyway… you’d think he’d want to come take a peek at it. Make sure the hand soap dispensers are working properly in the bathrooms. You know, give it a little test drive. (hee hee hee… holy shit! get it. Pope. bathroom. handsoap. hee hee hee)
Well, so the Pope isn’t coming and we’re missing out here in Texas.
I’m sure the Dalai Lama will swing back by. He came through last year about this time. Maybe he’ll hit the links, too. We’ve got a ton of golf courses in this area. Heck, I’d caddy for him if I could get this deal for sure.