Editor’s note: Ed Bacon is traveling to Asia, and during his trip, he will meet with the Dalai Lama. He will be blogging throughout his trip. Here is his first posting:
Hope and I leave tomorrow night for our first Asian journey. It seems momentous on many levels and so, as I report about the trip, I will try to express and examine as many levels as my awareness allows.
Right now, I know that she and I have all the pre-journey jitters all sojourners have –- arranging for friends to be in our home with the pets, packing the right clothes for five different climates (Mongolia, Dharamsala, New Delhi, Nepal and Bangkok), and the spiritual dimensions of visiting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, touching deeply into Buddhism and Hinduism, encountering a level of poverty and “people density” we’ve never experienced, encountering some of the world’s great wonders: the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest, the Himalayas, the River Ganges and more, and visiting the place where beloved Thomas Merton died in Bangkok, December 10, 1968.