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| editorial |
Real Thing or Distraction?
Alan Race

| creative encounters |
The Ayatollah Khomeini's Calls for Non-Violence
During the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran

Joseph W. Elder

Toward Jewish-Christian Reconciliation
Some theological reflections
Richard Oxenberg

Ethics, Theology and Animal Experiments
Andrew Linzey

Becoming an Interfaith Spiritual Director
Charles Burack

| voices of youth |
The Chicago declaration
Amber Hacker, Lucas Artaiz, Molly Fried, Emy Cardoza, Sayira Khokhar

| practically speaking |
A New Vision for God's Holy Mountain
Ohr Margalit

| focus on the interreligious movement |
The 2009 Chicago Declaration
Globalization for the Common Good
The Mission of European Imams and Rabbis to the United States
July 20-23, 2009 Jackie Tabick

| open book |
Review Article: Deliver Us from Evil
Ron Miller

| poetry |
Georgene Wilson

A Great Pilgrimage

| prayers and meditation |
In the beginning...
Arthur Waskow

Deep Peace
Traditional Gaelic Blessing

The Potala Palace
First constructed in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, was the residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 17th century until 1959, when the current Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India. Built on the 426-foot summit of the picturesque Marpo Ri ("Red Hill") at the center of the valley of Lhasa, the immense structure rises another 557 feet. Construction of the present palace was begun in 1645 by the fifth Dalai Lama. The thirteenth Dalai Lama (predecessor of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatsho, the current Dalai Lama) expanded the palace to its current size.

The name "Potala" comes from the legendary south-Indian birthplace of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kuan-Yin in China, Kannon in Japan). The Dalai Lamas are believed to be reincarnations of this famous embodiment of compassion. The Potala was a place of pilgrimage (many lamas and Dalai Lamas are entombed there) until the Chinese seizure of Tibet. Today, it is a museum. The Dalai Lama and his staff, surrounded by a huge Tibetan community, live in northern India, in Dharamsala.

This photo is by Steve Freedman. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He is a retired engineer, world traveler and enthusiastic photographer.

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