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Letter: Bad Karma at the Dalai Lama's Appearance

July 27, 2008

The Philadelphia Daily News (USA)
July 25, 2008

THE DALAI Lama came to town, and I went to see him.

After all, how often do you get to see a world figure, a Nobel Peace
Prize winner? I saw his holiness at the majestic Kimmel Center, the
perfect setting for such a holy man.

He spoke to a full house, well full at first. The eager crowd was
full of old hippies, young yuppies, progressive types, liberal thinkers.

But the height of the hypocrisy was equal only to the height of the
Himalayas that surround Tibet. Children of yuppies crying and talking
while His Holiness enlighted the crowd. Cell phones breaking the
solitude only a liberal peace-lover could command.

The angry murmur that went through the crowd when His Holiness
proclaimed his love for George Bush was the exact opposite reaction
you think you'd get from a bunch of peace-loving folk.

And by the end of the speech, a speech about tolerance, love and
patience, a third of the crowd was long gone. So much for patience.

Don Gallagher
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