The image above captures the Dalai Lama in March, 1959 as he fled occupied Tibet, heading for northern India. Over the years, the photograph has lingered in my image-bank. For me, it speaks of endurance, clarity of purpose, integrity, and an indomitable willingness to deal productively with life's circumstances, whatever they may be and however they may arise.
In the spirit of that photograph, TIBETSPACE examines an array of topics that bubble up and grab my attention during the course of a networked day: democratic revolution, human rights, guns and gun violence, gender politics, international relations, freedom of expression, social media, eco-criticism, sustainability, spirituality, religion, meditation, even neurology—these are some of the issues that now underpin a responsible life played out within the emerging global community.
But more than any other topic, I am interested in social activism in the 21st century. And the photograph to the left catalogues the tools that power this activism: the very new and the very old, merging in the contemporary classroom where most of my work occurs.
Please follow me on Twitter: I have two accounts, @tibetspace, which focuses on the more spiritual lineages of dissent and justice that come down to us from the Tibetan struggle, and @sidburris, which focuses on secular nonviolence, contemporary politics, and gun-violence prevention.