Dalai Lama Visits New York City

August 20, 2003

Source: The Village Voice


On August 20, 2003 the "Mind Body Spirit" section of The Village Voice focused on the Dalai Lama's upcoming visit to New York City and reflections on his previous visit in 1999: "The Dalai Lama's black-and-white likeness used to hang on a downtown building facade, encouraging consumers to 'Think Different.' In the recent American past, Buddhism, manifesting its signature go-with-the-flow malleability, has looked like a rock concert sponsored by a sneaker company; Hollywood actors and celebrity musicians are attracted to its contemplative allure. In the wake of 9-11, though, it seemed that sentiments of nonviolence—a cornerstone of Buddhist practice—had fallen out of fashion."