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Sunday, April 25, 2004

Ocean of Wisdom

Today the Dalai Lama is in Toronto. Here at the Sky Dome. I'm meeting my youngest sister there to pick up tickets and listen to him speak. I doubt that we'll be able to see him, but I'll bring along a camera just in case.

Funny, in 1984. . . maybe '85, Pope John Paul II came to Toronto and I was at an all boy's Catholic school. - I've since renounced catholicism and embraced my own spirituality free of the tyranny and propoganda that I found there- but there will undoubtedly be less people to see the Lama then there were the Pope. I spoke to a friend, who's Italian family members had been to see 'The Passion of the Christ', some of them four times!! I've heard it called 'torture porn'. I'm a recovering catholic and an enormous critic of religion and the things that people do in it's name, people like, George W. Bush, Ariel Sharon and Osama Bin Laden. But his holiness, the Dalai Lama has never strayed from his push for peace, for a peaceful resistance, because fighting for peace is a strange oxymoron.

I am going to hear him speak. I know what he will say, I think a lot of people do. But we always look for the answer in others don't we? Always look for salvation that we don't need. All we need to do is see that he is human, like we are human and that he cares for the world and the people around him as we should. Jesus said the same thing, although his words are more distorted in history than anyone else's.

I guess my point is, that back then I was excited to see the Pope. I cried actually when I saw him, when I was in his presence. And I may do so again in the presence of the Lama, but for different reasons. Not because he is a holy man and I believe he can save the world from the hell we've created but for the familiarity of all the things he will say. Familiar to me because I know them already to be true and have not acted as he has acted to make them reality. um...lol, do I ever sound guilty, how very catholic of me.

Sorry to sound so preachy. I know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I'm going.

I'm off and hopefully will return with pics!


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