When the 2010 Giants — of New York or otherwise — won the series last week and news reports reminded us that it was a feat they had not accomplished since 1954, the year I was born, it resonated with me. I still have that little wooden bat with the Giants pennant that Bobby shared with me, buried away in a box of childhood treasures that has survived the years, and I felt a new appreciation at having visited Cooperstown that day in 1961, and of a swell kid on the bus.”
John Balcomb is a freelance writer and photographer who also serves on the board of a bay area nonprofit organization. He also plays bass in a rock ‘n’ roll band on weekends.
as the Dalai Lama once said: “Your enemy is the greatest teacher in the matter of tolerance.” So the wisdom of the East will be brought back from the West in an attempt to heal the wounds and mend the joints of a religious tradition from which a good part of this wisdom had originally been exported to the West some forty years ago by a generation of young spiritual seekers primarily from the West.
Letter from Hugh and his continuing efforts to spreading religious tolerance.
For the second consecutive year I have been invited by the Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu) to give the keynote address to an international workshop on “Peace and Conflict Resolution” to be held in Kathmandu on 19 November. As subject of my presentation I have decided to relate what I know of the history of striking personal transformations in the Buddhist traditions. Thus the title “From Ashoka to Shao-lin”. Though such a theme would have great appeal to spiritually minded audiences in the West, especially to New Age audiences, and to those involved in the promotion of tolerance and inter-religious dialogue, it may fall flat in Kathmandu where twenty-odd years of civil war have destroyed age-old syncretisms of Hinduism and Buddhism and centuries of tolerance of the beliefs and religious practices of one’s neighbour. In the new materialist political order forged by anachronistic Nepali Maoists political and social fronts have hardened, inter-faith dialogue is strained at best. There is little interest in listening to the wisdom of one’s neighbour. But, as the Dalai Lama once said:
“Your enemy is the greatest teacher in the matter of tolerance.”
So the wisdom of the East will be brought back from the West in an attempt to heal the wounds and mend the joints of a religious tradition from which a good part of this wisdom had originally been exported to the West some forty years ago by a generation of young spiritual seekers primarily from the West.
Perhaps that’s why Bodhidharma travelled to the West in the first place…
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Hi Mari Eliza…I’ve been meaning to email you and let you know of the
passing of Daryl Stimpson on July 19, 2008. He had a long battle with cancer
(brain tumor) and it was very bad. As you know, he was a member of our folk
trio The Portions of Tyme. It was a very sad time for his wife because she
loved him very much.
I had lost contact with Daryl but Sam (Philip Schneider) who was our group
founder, had been in touch with him over the years. It makes me very sad
that he’s gone and I didn’t see him for many years. I just wanted you to
know. I hope you’re well! Take care.
We have had a great time since opening night setting the Guinness world’s record for largest movie camera collection inc. Hollywood props from Liz Taylor’s “Cleopatra”, Boris Karlof. & Bela Lugosi-even
Gumby and “Rocket Girl”. Lots of fun for all and even a film festival!
Dec.4th’s show “Dissection” was a full house and much fun featuring 21 artists, musicians and poets with a great crowd enjoying themselves immensely and we managed to recaptue the sense of “family” that the orignal Beaux Arts had. No one wanted it to end – artists and crowd alike. “Cirque du Surreal” opens Jan.3rd-8th.