As I listen to the Dalai Lama's Rig Veda, I imagine what it would like to be a monk in the streets of Burma this week.
The ancient Rig Veda chants are a series of 10 books or "mandalas" each composed of hymns or praises of varying lengths. In all, there are 432,000 syllables in the Rig Veda. There is nothing to compare it to, except possibly the Gregorian Chants that I grew up singing. The sounds are at once a source of power and peace.
As I walk in the mornings, it's a chance to contemplate freedoms we take for granted. And to imagine how we might change situations like this.