The tsunami disaster at the end of last year has had a deep spiritual, psychological and cultural effect until now-hence the many articles on this topic in this issue. Despite the terrible tragedy at the end of 2004, this year began with the good news that Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, one of our patrons, was allowed to return to his native land-at least temporarily. On his way to Vietnam, Thay stopped at the Bangkok airport and gave us one of his beautiful pieces of calligraphy, which we gratefully put on the front cover of this issue.

On the 19th of June, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will reach the age of 60. Although she is still under house arrest-the most severe one ever-her practice of ahimsa dhamma inspires us all. We believe that right will certainly overcome might, with wisdom and compassion.

On the 6th of July, H.H. the Dalai Lama will also reach the age of 70. Although His Holiness is freer than the Burmese lady, his country and people are no better off than Suu Kyi’s compatriots. We pray for His Holiness and for Suu Kyi for their good health, long life, happiness and strength-physically, morally and spiritually-so that their people will later be free from political oppression. May peace and social justice as well as environmental balance prevail in Burma, Tibet and elsewhere.

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