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A preview of the Dalai Lama edition of The Vancouver Sun

September 22, 2009

By Fazil Mihlar
Vancouver Sun - September 21, 2009

The 14th Dalai Lama will sit as guest editor of the Sept. 26th edition of
The Vancouver Sun.

Inside the special edition of the newspaper you will find these stories and
many others:

- The purpose of life is to be happy and the keys to happiness are love and
compassion. Find inner tranquillity in the Dalai Lama's editorial.

- Do faith and prayer help in the healing process? Pamela Fayerman

- Are animals sentient beings whose rights -- especially those concerning
habitat and sustainability -- should be protected by law and upheld in
court? Daphne Bramham sees the issue through the eyes of her adopted
orangutan, Sogo Sogo.

- The goal of Eastern medicine is to treat disease in the context of
ecology; after all, antibiotics consumed by an individual eventually find
their way into the environment and that affects us all. Joanne Lee-Young
looks into traditional Chinese medicine and other alternatives.

- Is WALL-E exhorting us to love each other? Pixar films do more than
entertain kids. They promulgate the Judeo-Christian values that define
Western civilization. Harvey Enchin reflects on the animated movies.

- Science refers to knowledge as it relates to the physical world and its
phenomena -- the nature, constitution and forces of matter. Many Buddhists
deny the reality of matter. So can science and Buddhism co-exist? Better
than you might think. Peter McKnight explains.

- The notion behind microcredit is that little loans can deliver big
results, lifting people, mainly women, out of poverty.But there are stories
of heartbreak as well as hope, Daphne Bramham discovered.

- Music may soothe the soul, but celebrity-driven pop can't save the world.
Randy Shore mulls the impact of popular music on spirituality and social

- Technology is blurring the lines between work and leisure and social
networks allow us to connect with others 24/7. But online relationships are
not as deep and meaningful as offline ones.

Gillian Shaw considers what we've won and lost in the age of BlackBerry and

- Would the world be a more peaceful place if women were in charge? Barbara
Yaffe finds the evidence is not convincing.

- Through her organization, Women for Women International, Iraqi-American
activist Zainab Salbi has helped thousands of women in war-torn countries
and distributed millions of dollars in aid and loans, mainly by pairing
survivors with "sisters" in more stable countries who provide funding and
messages of support. Yvonne Zacharias tells the story of a inspiring woman
who has made -- and is making -- a world of difference.
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