All posts tagged peace

Meditating politician

Aung San Suu KyiYesterday I heard the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi speaking – first on television, in a transmission of her speech in the Oslo City Hall, then live, to 10,000 people gathered outside the city hall.

What is it that makes her so impressive? I am sure it helps that she looks beautiful. The image of one lady standing up against military oppressors cuts an almost equally powerful figure as that of one person with plastic bags standing in front of a row of tanks near Tiananmen Square in China in 1989. In Burma, I am also sure it helps that she is the daughter of the country father Aung San, who was killed when she was only two years old, and whose legacy she sees herself as carrying on. Her enormous sacrifices, refusing to leave house arrest to visit her sons and her then dying husband in England, create an ambiguous, but also awe-inspiring impression. And the fact that she speaks so well certainly helps. Read more…

Peace of mind: "Nothing good comes out of it"

by Torbjorn HobbelA Norwegian going to India to teach meditation? It sounds almost as absurd as if an Indian travelled to Norway to teach Norwegians how to ski. Yet Torbjorn Hobbel has travelled to New Delhi many times to teach Indians Acem Meditation. In this article he reflects on one of his experiences there.”Meditation is the worst thing I know.” The more than 80-year old Indian writer Khushwant Singh did not care to ingratiate himself with his visitor. He was going to interview me for the Hindustan Times. At the time, I did not know how famous he was. I thought he was just another journalist interested in the apparent paradox in a Westerner going to India to teach meditation. I soon understood that this was something more than an interview. Read more…