At the end of this week, my soul feels battered. There is a weariness, an attentiveness to pain and grief. Yesterday a good friend and colleague from India, Vijay, was buried in the Indian Christian Cemetery in Pune. He was only in his mid 40’s, and leaves behind his precious wife Baizine and two teenage… Read More Celebrating the Darkness
This is not a blog about politics. It deals with history, especially in Asia, and relations between faiths. But under one definition, politics is fundamentally about how people relate to one another, and how can you avoid writing about that? Whether in India or in the United States, the two nations that I love the most,… Read More The Politics of the Broken-Hearted
Recently I wrote about my trip to the very well-preserved ruins of ancient Nalanda University in the modern Northern Indian state of Bihar. (See post The Thrill of Visiting the Ruins of 7th century University of Nalanda). Nalanda thrived as an international center for education for almost 700 years, with students from over 35 nations. Primarily… Read More Were there Christians in 7th century Nalanda University?
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
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
Tomorrow across the USA, and perhaps globally, the movie Silence will open in broad release. I am on my way to Asia as I write this post, and hoping to see it soon. In case you missed my two previous posts on this movie, based on a book by Japanese novelist Shusako Endo, I’m expecting… Read More Is Anything Worth Dying For?
Have you ever been wounded by experiences in education? Perhaps through a teacher who called you stupid. Or being punished for thinking out of the box with a creative flair. Or being bullied in a variety of ways. Some of our greatest areas of pain can be through something called “Educational Wounding”, even if it… Read More Have you felt the pain of “Educational Wounding”?
I’m in Northeast India for several weeks, and must confess it is nice to not be in the US. The election run-up there continues to wallow in ever deeper levels of disgusting accusations and revelations. But it is not really possible to escape it in Asia (or anywhere). In Egypt last week as well as… Read More Want to Get Your Mind Off US Politics?
A Saint who doubts? Perhaps for some of us those are two things that don’t go together. We may think that a Saint, or someone we consider very religious or spiritual, is always confident of the presence of God. Someone who never doubts or questions. Think again. Many of those “closest” to God have actually… Read More A Doubting Saint: Ever Feel Abandoned By God?
Where is the borderline between racism and bad old ignorance? I wondered about that question again last week as news came that Shah Rukh Khan was yet again harassed at US immigration. For those of you who don’t know who he is, well, he’s a global mega-movie star not only in India but much of… Read More Racism Towards an Indian Global Star or Plain Ignorance?