Dalai Lama, Bishop Tutu Join Seattle Interfaith Discussion of Spiritual Connections

April 16, 2008

Author: Janet I. Tu

Source: Seattle Times


In a city of people not exactly known for having formal religious ties, some 7,400 cheered Tuesday morning as they welcomed the Dalai Lama, Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and about a half dozen other religious leaders.

On the last day of the Dalai Lama's visit to Seattle for a gathering on compassion, he joined Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other Buddhist representatives — along with some young people — for a panel discussion on spiritual connection.

Moderator Joan Halifax Roshi, a Zen Buddhist master, began the morning by asking everyone to "come into collective silence and pray in whatever way is appropriate to us" for the best outcome for the situation in Tibet.