There is so much to be thankful for.
Recently, I purchased a book written by Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness: change your life with love & compassion.
A gem, and relevant to NKT's battle with the Dalai Lama.
In the book, Sharon Salzberg shared...
"I had the possibility of experiencing happiness in the midst of challenge in the summer of 1999. The Dalai Lama had come to New York City...Entering the park on the morning of the public talk, I at first didn't see the crowd, but I could hear the sound of Tibetan monks chanting in the distance. Walking toward the sound, I finally turned a corner and was stunned to see a veritable ocean of people. Everywhere the eye could land there were people, gathered to hear him. Some estimates had the crowd at 250,000.
In 2004, I was fortunate to be able to join about 7,200 people from 55 countries in Toronto, where the Dalai Lama conferred the Kalachakra Inititation. Manifesting his ecumenical spirit, the Dalai Lama liked to begin the afternoon sessions with chanting from the various Buddhist schools represented in the audience. He asked for a rotation that reflected the historical movement of Buddhism around the world and through the centuries, beginning with the Theravada school in India and Southeast Asia, moving through the Mahayana schools of China, Korea and Japan."
It dawned on me that this is what NKT is so much against. NKT cannot stand an ecumenical spirit. NKT praises isolation. Kelsang Gyatso despises harmony.