If you missed it, let me encourage you to watch and listen to a visionary leader's soaring words and inspiring spirit. The New York Times has an interactive site that scrolls the transcript along with the video of President-Elect Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago on Nov. 4th, 2008. Click here to watch. Watch the faces of the audience as the eighteen minute clip continues. Bring a box of kleenex. Near the end, watch for Oprah Winfrey, standing in the crowd with tears in her eyes.
This is truly moving oratory; people are saying there have been two great Presidents from Illinois, both of them tall and skinny, one of them is named Lincoln. The other took the stage last night and began to heal the world's wounds.
I spoke last year at Stanford to the combined Buddhist Community at Stanford and Center For Buddhist Studies. The topic was "Being Buddhist in America." The fun part is: you can download the whole talk, songs and all, as a podcast from iTunes U! Stanford had just launched iTunes U and my talk was among the very first to be recorded specifically for posting as a podcast. Visit this website or go to iTunes and type in Heng Sure. You'll see a Stanford Univ. logo with the title Spirituality and Religion. Click on it and then scroll down to lecture #17. I'm listed as Venerable Reverend Heng Sure. The talk is a free download. Click on "Get" and the mp3 file will begin to download.