In six days Elle and I will head to TIbet for an eight day adventure starting in Lhasa going to the base camp of Mt. Everest and back to Lhasa. We have had so many incredible trips during our eight months in China but this one we are especially excited about.
The title of our blog came from our Inter-religious Dialogue course we took together senior year. The course looked at Christianity, Islam and Buddhism and how the different religions were connected. For class we read the Dhammapada, a Buddhist scripture. I think it was me, or it could have been Elle I am not exactly sure but one of us wrote DhammaPANDA on our paper and that name stuck. So here were are heading to Tibet (I am sure Dr. Sheveland would be so proud!)
Hope all is well on the homefront. Elle and I booked our tickets back home today…landing in Denver on June 3rd! So here I will leave you with a passage I recently stumbled across from the Dali Lama:
The Paradox of Our Age
We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We’ve built more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies than ever,
but have less communications;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These times are times of fast foods;
but slow digestion;
Tall man but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.
-H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama