Ed Bacon shares reflections, epiphanies, and photos from his November journey to India, Nepal, and Thailand.
On January 5, the first Sunday of 2014, Ed Bacon will share reflections, epiphanies, and photos from his November journey to India, Nepal, and Thailand. Come learn about his visit with the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, profound moments of prayer on the Ganges with a Hindu priest, and mystical moments in a monastery temple in Bangkok.
What do the Dalai Lama, Irish poet John O’Donohue, and Sunday’s Rector’s Forum speaker Dr. Dan Siegel have in common? The answer – pioneering brain science.
Last summer in Ireland, I learned that before his death, poet John O’Donohue had been collaborating with neuroscientist Daniel Siegel on the beneficial effects of poetry on the brain. Then I learned that Siegel has been in conversations with the Dalai Lama about scientific proof of improved brain functioning through meditation. Through secular science Siegel is promoting many religious values. He makes some of the mysteries of the brain understandable – knowledge which is empowering!
Here is Ed Bacon’s account of his visit with the Dalai Lama on Nov. 8:
Hope Hendricks-Bacon, Robert Winter, and I had an exhilarating thirty minutes with His Holiness the Dalai Lama this afternoon. The time flew, talking about a wide range of topics including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Nelson Mandela, Thomas Merton, the common themes in all the religions, the need to interrupt bullying and exclusion, brain science, and what happens when you die.
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.