From Garvan Byrne to Christopher Hitchens ~ a broad spectrum of belief


When someone linked to this video a few days ago on Facebook, I watched it once, was mesmerized, and had to watch it again. My thoughts keep returning to this child. I’m not alone — tons of people have commented on this video. Have a look and see what you think, and I’ll resume this below.

Recently I did some articles on blessings, and Gavan is a shining example of what I was trying to get at, even if we are in different religions and have somewhat different beliefs.  Since time immemorial, people have had the experience of communing with holy beings, in all traditions.  Either we are all quite mad, or we are all quite, quite sane! You decide.

Children can be quite amazing sometimes. My friend Julie told me recently about a little boy who attends Kadampa Meditation Center NYC in Manhattan (which has just signed the contract for a beautiful new space on 24th Street :-)) In school, his teacher was showing the kids diagrams of everything inside the human body. When she’d finished, the four-year-old put his hand up and said: “You’ve forgotten something.” “What is that?” she replied. “The Buddhas. They are in here too.”

Meantime, on the other end of the spectrum, I confess that, although I don’t subscribe to his atheistic world view, I’m going to miss Christopher Hitchens a little! He spoke truth to power, and reminded me that none of us, whatever position we hold, can afford to get caught up in hypocrisy or use any part of our religion as a justification for unkindness and discrimination.

I’m pretty sure that Garvan didn’t.

Two more to go…

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Comments

  1. Donna says:

    I could have listened to him speaking for hours. So inspiring, calming, honest.

  2. Venerable Lady says:

    Very moving video.What a beautiful mind Gavan had !.Clearly blessed by a faith which I find very humbling.
    As for the Hitch,an awesome and fearless intellect unafraid of spotlighting hypocrisy no matter what the ‘sainted’ reputation of the ‘religiously’ famous.
    I enjoyed this article immensely.Thanks Luna xxx

  3. I’ve recently found out about Christopher Hitchens and enjoy watching his videos on youtube…although I don’t agree with everything he says he certainly is a good debater. He was also very stoical and inspiring about his death in an interview I saw.

  4. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I have been following your blog for a while now but never realized who you are. I think you used to teach at the sangha that I sometimes attend. If not, then you just coincidentally have the same name. ^_^ I greatly respect and appreciate what you’ve done for Kadampa here on this blog and elsewhere. Thank you!

  5. Ike Lichtenstein says:

    I am speechless which is rather unusual. I normally do not share spiritual or religious posts on my personal Facebook page but I shared this. Thank you for posting it!

  6. that little kid is amazing. 12yrs going on 112. It’s that kind of faith that takes you to a Pure Land.

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