Last week I had one of the thrills of my life. Getting to visit the ruins of one of the greatest universities in history, the University of Nalanda. Located about three hours SE of the modern North Indian city of Patna (previously called Pataliaputra, the capital of several Indian Empires), Nalanda’s history as a University… Read More The Thrill of Visiting the Ruins of 7th century University of Nalanda
Can you see the end of your life? I don’t mean imagining gruesome ends that cause fear and anxiety. But rather to be able to evaluate what kind of life you are living, and if it ended today, what would it really matter that you lived? Last week in Patna, the capital of the Northern… Read More Can you see the end of your life?
Waiting is so difficult. And living in a society of “instant” everything is only making it harder. Yet “active” waiting is even more difficult. It is so much easier while waiting to be passive, thinking that if anything is to happen, it will fall into our laps. Active waiting means we take the steps we… Read More Active Waiting: Stop and Smell the Flowers
Last night here in Singapore I had the privilege to speak at the graduation of a six-week seminar called School of Transforming Business. Singapore is an epicenter helping fuel the present and future dynamism of Asia’s economies. (See my last post, in part on Singapore Treat the Stranger With Tender, Loving Care-For You Were One… Read More The Bugis and the Sogdians: Two Merchant Peoples in Asia with a Mission
I’m in Singapore this week, yesterday enjoying in Little India a rice and veg meal served on the traditional banana leaf. Singapore is a city-state built to a large degree by immigrants from other places, including India. When immigrants are welcomed and allowed to flourish and contribute in all their cultural diversity and gifts, miracles… Read More Treat the Stranger With Tender, Loving Care-For You Were One Also
Will the slave trade ever end? I write this post in Cartagena, Colombia, a very beautiful city with a very dark history. For over three centuries Cartagena was one of the primary hubs for the slave trade in the Americas. The old city, once lived in by only Spanish colonists and their slaves, has been… Read More Will the Slave Trade Ever End?
As I write this post from India, the reactions of protest, anger and fear continue here on news of a third attack in the last two weeks on an Indian immigrant in the US. This last one was near to where we base when we are in the states, a small extremely multicultural city called… Read More President Trump, Tear Down These Walls!