[ by Charles Cameron — The Dalai Lama and the Pope: two saints, sorta, astride a supposedly secular world ]
My latest post for LapidoMedia is titled The Dalai Lama and the Pope: renewing the power of holiness. It begins:
TWO figures of undoubted moral stature now dominate world affairs. Each of them is a religious leader. Each is known by the title His Holiness, but seems to wear the title lightly.
For neither of them is virtue a lost ideal, neither is morality a private matter.
Each preaches compassion, consideration for the poor, spirituality above materialism, and the care of the natural world.
What do these two men have in common, that distinguishes their voices from those of other office holders and persons of power and influence?
Certainly, each has been featured in Rolling Stone, which indicates their popular appeal.
Each one’s office has a long pedigree, and each just might be the last of his kind. Perhaps there’s a clue there.
It concludes with:
First contemplation, then action: this is the secret uniting heart, mind and hand which gives these two figures their appeal and stature.
And the need to join together to combat climate change is one arena in which these two men are in strong agreement.
The Guardian reports from Glastonbury, ‘The Dalai Lama has endorsed the pope’s radical message on climate change and called on fellow religious leaders to “speak out about current affairs which affect the future of mankind.”’
The Pope writes, ‘The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.”
Where will these two religious figures – moral icons of our age – lead our arrogantly secular world?
To raead the whole thing, visit the Lapidoedia site.