Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tibetan Mediums and Oracles

Tonight at 7:30pm I am going with my mother and husband to see a Tibetan medium. I am very pleased to participate in this event for a number of reasons, but mostly because I will be in the presence of a Tibetan medium, and a large number of serious Tibetan Buddhists don't even get this opportunity. Another reason, is that somehow I have miraculously talked my mother into coming with us. I was very pleasantly surprised when she accepted the invitation. It was not, however, without some doubt on her part about what to expect. "Isn't this a little weird, Sophia?" "No, Mother, it's perfectly normal. In fact, I'll be seeing the Dalai Lama in October. Even famous people like the Dalai Lama. Buddhist monks are very happy positive people. There is nothing weird about it." Then she asks, "But won't people think I'm a Communist for going?" This gave me a little chuckle, I must admit. "No, Mother. In fact, the Tibetans are in exile from the Chinese, who are Communists." Then my mother admitted to me that when I was a teenager and exploring "odd" things like Hindu statues, etc., she was worried that people might think her daughter was a Communist. So, this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for me to help open my mother's mind a bit, and for me to get her to see one of the things I enjoy, and that is exploring other religions and philosophies. I am exceedingly happy that her mind was open enough to even accept the idea of going with me. My goal is not to convert her, but to show her a little of what life is like for other people, and how beautiful these people are.

If you're interested in seeing a newspaper article about tonight's event, please check-out this link: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070705/FEATURES/70704007

Also, I know I have some catching-up to do on the comments and with some emails I've received. I'm slowly but surely getting to it. I've had a lot come-up lately!

8 comments:

Zareba said...

If I had to profess one single organized path it would have to be Buddhist. I would be interested in your reactions to tonights experience. ...Z

Sophia said...

The Buddhists are such charming people. Just being in their presence seems to get the good vibrations rolling.

Hopefully tomorrow I will have something to post about my experience tonight.

Christi said...

What a fantastically neat event to experience!
I hope you all had a wonderful time.

Cheerfully,
~ Christi

mossy said...

Sounds like fun. :)

Vincent said...

What happens in America when people think you are a Communist?

I was more impressed by Buddhism for more years of my life than any other religion. And now? Ah.

Sophia said...

Thanks, Christi, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Sadly, we left just two minutes before it ended, because our bums were getting sore sitting on those hard chairs!

Sophia said...

Hi Mossy,

It was! I'll say some more about it shortly.

Sophia said...

Hi Vincent,

Now days I don't think anything happens when someone thinks you're a Communist in my country. Back in the 40s and 50s there was an era known as McCarthyism, and if you were under suspicion, you were blacklisted!

I remember in college we had a sociology professor. He was pretty cool, almost like a hippy, and there was a rumor going around that he was a Communist. It didn't really bother me too much, because I liked the guy, and really admired him.

I have also been greatly impressed by Buddhism. I suppose it's because all the Buddhists I've met are so amiable that they make me smile and feel beams of joy!