On July 6, 2015, the Dalai Lama turned 80 years old. People love to celebrate 80th birthdays, much more than 75 (why is that?), so it was clear to all that there would be a big worldwide observance.
Mindfulness has gone mainstream and nowhere is it more popular than Silicon Valley. The tech world has embraced mindfulness as a kind of mental fitness and productivity tool. Many of the leading companies offer various mindfulness programs to all their employees, meditation rooms are now common, so meditation is now way out of the closet. So it was exciting to work on the June 2015 tour for Matthieu Ricard’s new book, Altruism.
For the last three years, I have been waging annual quiet efforts to make sure that LGBT leaders and organizations are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Committee has recognized the human rights of women, children, Tibetans, Chinese, and Burmese, but never LGBT citizens. It is time for the Committee to do the right thing and amend this oversight.