April 17, 2023 8:41 am I first met the Dalai Lama, aged 36, in 1972 when he came to pay respect to Ajahn Buddhadasa of Thailand, a Buddhist monk-teacher with a radical vision, who lived in the forest in southern Thailand. Two long standing Buddhist traditions, Tibetan Mahayana and Theravada, met together in the form of these two Dharma teachers.
According to a 2014 BBC article, sticking out your tongue can be considered as rude, but in Tibet, it's a way of greeting. It has been a tradition followed by the Tibetan people since the ninth century, when the region was ruled by Lang Drama, who was known for a black tongue, said the outlet.11 Apr 2023
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Thank you for your balanced and timely post. I am currently in Dharamshala checking DL schedule each day hoping for an audience. It's an incredibly confusing time. Tonight there were a thousand peace marchers on a SOLIDARITY PEACE MARCH with candles and placards walking through the village. " Silence is sometimes the best answer" & " Out of 6 billion people, the trouble makers are a handful". Alas as you mentioned we may never see this man again. A life time devoted to kindness doesn't feel like it should end this way. So sad. Much to reflect and learn from this. Michael
Thank you for this humane and thoughtful piece.
I appreciate this view Christopher. Reflecting on children’s vulnerability, cultivating a mindful response adapted to children's’ open delicate mind and heart, is still a huge task of our species.
I personally almost can’t bear being around parents with children in a playground, family gatherings, overhearing the mean comments, abuse, neglect or stupidity in adults’ automatic communication towards children. And that not even what’s behind closed doors.