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A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
Nonviolence and change
Today the final installment of my audio diary aired, and it reminded me of the two magic days spent in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His speaking style says so much about him ... his sense of warmth, humor and generosity of spirit.

If you haven't visited yet, click here to go to the section of my Web site about the trip. This link is takes you to the Dalai Lama's official site, ... no kidding!

One small tenet I've found true, and common to many great spiritual leaders, including Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela ... is the concept of nonviolence. It's a subtle, slow thing, nonviolence, but moral rightness is like gravity, electricity, speed of light ... it's nearly a physical principle, immutable and unchanging.

Some will take issue with calling anything immutable, especially Buddhists, but save that for another post. And my physicist friends will tell me the speed of light may very well change, and gravity certainly does. Oh well!!

Those caveats understood, we can safely say that some ideals are firm and solid for day-to-day living. Moral rightness is one of them. People say it's hard to be moral and yes, sometimes it is.

A little searching, though, will usually demonstrate the right path. Having the strength to follow it is tougher.

That's where prayer and meditation come in, and that's where the real spiritual work lies.
2008-01-21 13:14:15 GMT
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