so sad to hear that the dalai lama was barred from attending his good friend desmond tutu's 80th birthday bash this weekend...what a very strange world we live in...seems even a much reverred holy person can have trouble getting a visa. once again, 'politics' seem to have won out over plain old common sense. hard to imagine where we'd be without the tireless work of such wisened elder states people laboring for good on our behalf. may the powers of peace and compassion prevail in our world (we need both so badly!!!). and, happy birthday, desmond.