Three years ago my brother became the Asst. Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University. Early this spring, he extended an invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak at Princeton and it was accepted.
My brother's interest in Buddhism can be traced to our childhood. My mother was preparing a roasted chicken for Sabbath dinner, when my 7 year-old brother approached asking where was the chicken's head. My mother replied that the chicken no longer had a head, because it had been killed so that we could eat it for dinner.
"Did it want to die?" My brother asked.
"I don't think so," my mother replied, not justifying the action.
"Where's its Mom?" my brother continued.
"I think its Mom is probably somebody's dinner as well."
Matt appearing on the cover of the "Princetonian," would be called by the Hindus, a "Lila." He is probably the only person that DIDN'T want a picture of himself to be displayed. To further the point, he didn't even send me this picture, I had to find it myself. Although the Buddhists don't necessarily say there is a God, this funny twist of events makes me say to myself "There is a God."
Although we have all heard the DL's message many times, it can't hurt to hear it once more. We must seek to understand each other and have compassion. So happy we could start the week off like this together...
Namaste' and 3 Jewels...
Posted on Sun, November 9, 2014
by Sara Ivanhoe filed under