Spiritual leaders gain a following not because of a position held, but because of who they are. They intuitively recognize they are serving something and Someone larger than themselves and their own objectives
Each of us plays a very special part in the world's spiritual evolution, though we may not be in the first 100. We are role models in every aspect of our lives. What we believe and the actions we take, teach our families, friends and observers. That could be a negative teaching or a positive.
As our country shows a greater disparity between those at the top and the rest of us, and we are about to witness a presidential cabinet of billionaires, it is more important than ever to share — in various groups; through churches, mosques and synagogues; and as individuals. For people are far more important than any of the stuff we acquire.
Sept. 21 was The International Day of Peace, sometimes called World Peace Day. Since 1982, it has been celebrated annually by many nations, military groups, political groups, peoples that are anti-war, and for a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. In New York City, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung. I was surprised to learn that children from mostly all the continents donated coins to cast the bell with the inscription: "Long live absolute world peace."
With the bustling holiday season nearing an end, many Americans once again wonder this New Year about peace and joy. Some have approached in grateful mindfulness, counting blessings and making idealistic resolutions. Others have defaulted to mindlessness; besieged by constant consumer ads and bewildered by the subtle pressure to change bad habits they, we, become scatterbrained.
When a group of Tibetan monks make their way here for an event called 10 Days of Mindfulness, May 4-15, they will find a healthy yoga market in the North Baltimore area, anchored by the business Baltimore Yoga Village, which is bringing the monks and has locations in Hampden and Mount Washington
The Temple for World Peace, Baltimore's first Buddhist temple, will open Friday after more than a year of construction and a week of flurried preparations. The nearly two-acre property, east of Belvedere Square on Northern Parkway, includes an orchard, playground, cafe and bookstore, as well as a central worship and meditation space.
The Temple for World Peace, Baltimore's first Buddhist temple, will open Friday after more than a year of construction. The nearly two-acre property, east of Belvedere Square on Northern Parkway, includes an orchard, playground, cafe and bookstore, as well as the central worship and meditation space.
A more compassionate attitude creates self-confidence. Self-confidence encourages trust. And trust forms the basis of friendship, whether be between individuals, between members of different religions or between nations.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader for Tibetan Buddhists, will speak in May at the University of Maryland as part of the Sadat Lecture for Peace, an annual series that has drawn world leaders such as Madeleine Albright, Nelson Mandela, and Jimmy Carter.
Eight Tibetan monks associated with the Dalai Lama are coming to Baltimore for a variety of activities, including ay several yoga studios in Hampden and Mount Washington, a Divine Life church service on Falls Road and an assembly and lunch at Roland Park Country, the girls school, which is where we will catch up with them. Jon Sham will be shooting video and stills.