|Bring up Tibet and China! The Dalai Lama would have, but he's so nice. (phayul.com)|
|Bhikkhu Bodhi and Danny Fisher in Washington, D.C. to visit White House (ZPS)|
Co-hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships with Hindu American Seva Charities, the conference brought together a large group of religious and institutional leaders from Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and Jain communities to discuss service with various government departments and agencies.
|I gotta go meet with some Buddhists NOW.|
Michelle's Way [in the White House]: Lessons in Buddhism from the First Lady
Ed and Deb Shapiro (Huff Post); Pat Macpherson and Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly
|Michelle loves all the children! (HuffingtonPost.com)|
[That was 2009, the heady days before the world found out that Michelle's husband, B.S. Obama, was following in the footsteps of Dick Cheney, George Bush II, George Bush I, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, World Banker Paul Wolfowitz, and other alleged war criminals.]
It brought tears to our eyes when the children at the school Michelle Obama visited in London jumped up and down and hugged and hugged her, and she hugged them back. We could see in their faces that, because of her, they too felt they had a chance. Her charisma and confidence make others feel comfortable in her presence. Deb, being English, was delighted to finally see someone arm in arm with the Queen!
|Greening the White House lawn (HP)|
From having bare arms [which is what arms are for, hugging not war], to serving lunch to the homeless [in a planned photo op that serves as an example to us...to get an official photographer to follow us around until we do something nice then send it out with a press release] in a soup kitchen, to planting a vegetable garden [hooray for organic Nature] at the White House, she is making us take a fresh look at the role of the First Lady and at our own prejudices and opinions about what we think is right and wrong [right and left, black and white, implicitly-racist and what is just a function of white-privilege].
[For more awesome, freely translated "quotes" without citations, echoes of the Universalist Mahayana/Hindu school of Buddhism beloved by many and by disaffected Jewish people in particular, see here.]
- Dick Cheney sticks it to Colon Powell; Rumsfeld get award
- VIDEO: Relatives Cheney and Obama on waging war on Iraq
- VIDEO: Saying NO to our U.S. war criminals! (Code Pink)
- Hospital program coaches parents to deal with toxic stress
|Anti-Tar Sands/Keystone XL protest at WH|
We also heard from and dialogued with a large group of interesting speakers, including Joshua Stanton, founding co-editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, co-director of Religious Freedom USA, and co-editor of O.N. Scripture - The Torah; former U.S Senator Harris Wofford; and Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
|The Buddhist Delegation (with White House and Seva Charities representatives), D.C., April 20, 2012. Author is in the back row, second from the left (Phil Rosenberg/SGI-USA).|
|Burmese Democracy Leader, The Lady, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at White House (AFP)|
|The Buddhist Delegation (BGR)|
|Bhikkhu Bodhi and monks (BGR)|
|WH celebrates many Jewish holidays (AP)|
|Buddhist flags on Lantau (m.gin/flickr)|