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"I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy."  
Maybe the Escalon PO doesn't like my flag of Tibet? Ya think? There is a strong Dutch reform church movement here. Maybe my carrier thought it's some anti-Christian thing? Could that be the problem?

But I can talk about Jesus all day! In fact, some local friends told me, when I first moved to Escalon, that they were very Christian. Only the things they said struck me as very un-Christian. So one day I asked them what Jesus had said was the greatest commandment. They didn't know.
From the Book of Matthew:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Without hesitation Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it; Love your neighbor as yourself."

"Christ said the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself" I explained.

The wife blurted out—"But Christ didn't know our neighbors!" They went on to recount the fights they'd had with neighbors on both sides. He wanted to pour a 5 gallon bucket of salt on a tree planted (deliberately he thought) to block his view. They seemed to see nothing wrong with claiming to be Christian while hating their neighbors. Once I heard them agree that it was wonderful God had created AIDS to rid the world of gays. This was interesting because they referred to their son as "the bachelor". They praised his nicely decorated home. When I met him it was obvious he was one of the people his parents were so happy God had created AIDS to get rid of. Isn't that sad?

When the Dalai Lama was asked "What can Christians learn from Buddhism?" he replied "Tolerance and forgiveness." Isn't that the truth!

This is a great film! Really amazing stuff about the Dalai Lama as a child, then World War 2, and finally the Chinese taking control so he had to flee to India. Seven Years in Tibet is based on a true story even though Brad Pitt stars in it.
The flag of Tibet is cool with lions, fire, sun, yin-yang thing. Really a pretty flag with nice colors.
Martin Scosese is a really famous director. He made that wild film Taxi Driver with Robert De Niro "You talkin to me?" and Jodi Foster is in it, too.

He is a great filmmaker, really well educated and all that. You should see his movie Kundun.
For as long as space endures,
And as long as living beings remain
Until then may I, too, abide,
To dispel the misery of the world.


Isn't that nice? Dalai Lama is a sweet guy. I first saw him in 1989 on CNN when he won the Nobel Peace Prize. They showed him riding up to a village of Laplanders during snow flurries, in a reindeer pulled sleigh.

Dalai Lama got up from the sleigh beaming in joy like a child. All the Lapland people had grins like his. They all looked like happy children.

The Lama said "Oh Lapland people you are all so beautiful" or something. "No Dalai Lama has ever met Lapland people!"

And everyone was smiling with delight. Right then, back in 1989 or so I thought "He's a cool guy." And he really is.

Then I saw the Brad Pitt movie called 7 Years in Tibet. And the Scorsese film Kundun. Wow. I began to like the Lama.

If the Escalon PO doesn't want to provide service near a flag of Tibet, we could move the pickup bin to a new location. Really. [PS In case you're curious I'm not a Buddhist, don't chant, meditate or anything like that. I have 3 cats though.]
(above) On one side of the porch stairs is the American Flag, on the other is the flag of Tibet.
 
(below) Look how happy Laura Bush is. Even Nancy Pelosi cracked a smile. George W. Bush looks as happy as a child. Dalai Lama holds the big, fat gold medal the US Congress awarded to him.
 
(above) "I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy."