Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Dalai Lama is a Feminist

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 3:49 PM

During his closing remarks at the International Freedom Award ceremony in the Peabody Grand Ballroom today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called upon women to help create a more compassionate world.

“I call myself a feminist,” said the Dalai Lama. “Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”

The audience erupted in laughter and applause. The Dalai Lama went to on say that women are more prone to compassion, since they have the responsibility of bearing children.

The Dalai Lama was chosen for the prestigious award due to his commitment to protecting and defending the rights of the oppressed Tibetan people. In 1940 at age two, he was chosen as the spiritual leader of over six million Tibetans. The Dalai Lama fled his country in 1959, several years after the People’s Republic of China took over Tibet. Now he lives in exile in Dharamsala, India where he set up schools and settlements for the more than 150,000 refugees who followed him into exile.

Throughout his speech, the Dalai Lama emphasized the importance of compassion, responsibility, and interfaith harmony.

“Whether you believe this religion or that religion, we are all the same human beings,” said the Dalai Lama. “We all come from the same mother. That creates the basis for compassion.”

The Dalai Lama joins past International Freedom Award winners Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Bono, Nelson Mandela, and Paul Rusesabagina.

The Dalai Lama Lip Jiggle

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Memphis mayor pro tem Myron Lowery might have gotten a fist bump from the Dalai Lama, but Flyer reporter Bianca Phillips has him beat: She got a lip-ring jiggle.

Phillips was at the National Civil Rights Museum this morning for a Q&A with the Dalai Lama and will be covering the rest of today's Freedom Awards events.

"After the Q&A, he was leaving the auditorium and everyone was reaching out to him," she reports. "He stopped at me and said, 'Ooooh,' and he reached out and jiggled my lip ring.

"He kind of laughed to himself and then he walked on."

For more on the Dalai Lama's visit, keep checking the Flyer's site.

U of M Writer Wins Literary Peace Prize

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Richard Bausch, holder of the Moss Chair of Excellence in English at the University of Memphis, has won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction for his novel, Peace. Leonard Gill has details.

Workin' That Style

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Mary Cashiola and Justin Fox Burks have posted some new pics from the Flyer's Work It Wednesday party.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hello Dalai II: The Holy One Returns Serve, Keeps Dignity Intact

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Chris Davis filmed the mayors/Dalai Lama encounter on the river today. It starts out awwwwkward, thanks to Myron Lowery, but ends with a beatific moment -- a holy fist-bump, if you will. Watch it here.

Myron Says "Hello Dalai" and Goodbye Dignity

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Mayor pro tem Myron Lowery thought it would be a good idea to use the most cliched joke ever to greet one of the world's holiest men. Bruce V. has details.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:50 PM

This week, Bianca's all about helping a friend help a friend through a possible breakup.

LGBT Workplace Scores For Local Companies

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Bianca Phillips has a report on how local companies scored on LGBT workplace inclusion at Memphis Gaydar.

Tim McCarver Sings. Really.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Greg Akers has the story on the song stylings of one Tim McCarver.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Haagen Dazs' Vanilla Bee Does Not Suck

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Politics Schmolitics. Sometimes you just need a little ice cream. Or a lot.

Redbirds Win PCL Championship: Does Anyone Care?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Frank Murtaugh has some advice for the new proprietors of the Memphis Redbirds and an appraisal of new Tiger QB Tyler Bass.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Update on Wally Joe's Restaurant

Posted on Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Wally Joe was hoping to open his newest restaurant this fall. That's not going to happen.

Food News writer Pamela Denney has the scoop in Hungry Memphis.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beyond the Arc's NBA Preview

Posted on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Chris Herrington begins his annual NBA preview with a Griz- and Memphis-centric look at the rest of the league. The six-part series opens with the Atlantic Division, where former Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni and former University of Memphis Tiger Chris Douglas-Roberts will toil this season. Check it out at Beyond the Arc.

Remembering Mr. Be

Posted on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Kids growing up in Memphis in the 1960s and '70s surely remember a popular show on Channel 10 called All Aboard with Mr. Be.

You don't remember it?

Read more at the Ask Vance blog.

Is Collierville the Fittest Community?

Posted on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Restaurants, homebuilders, multiplex theaters, and big-box retailers previously beat a path to the 'burbs. Now we have big-box fitness. At this rate, it shouldn't be long before there's a workout machine for every man, woman, and child in town.

John Branston checks out Collierville's "Big Four of Fitness."

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