Practicing Compassionate Capitalism

This is old news, but I thought I would put it up on my Blog anyway.  When the Dalai Lama spoke in Hailey, ID, in 2005, I took over a truck and trailer load of Buddhas from our warehouse in Boise and set up on the side of the highway to sell them. It was a great experience! This is the week I coined the phrase, “compassionate capitalism.” My truck and trailer sales area was ‘the’ gathering place for all media and everyone visiting from out of town because, when the Dalai Lama wasn’t speaking, he was behind closed doors in private meetings and there was nothing else to do. Below are links to the AP and Tibetan News articles. I was also interviewed by TV and radio and made it on to the infamous, “Bob and Tom” show saying I was “practicing compassionate capitalism.”

Dalai Lama attracts a diverse crowd to mountain resort – www.phayul.com.

Here is a link to an Associated Press (AP) article at NWKansas.com saying telling the same story. The Sun Valley area had RECORD hotel bookings. In fact, hotels were full in Idaho Falls (115 miles away), Pocatello (104 miles away), Twin Falls (58 miles away) and some people came every day from Boise (96 miles away) to see the Dalai Lama. Or, was it to buy hand carved stone Buddhas from me? Hmmmm……

Here’s another link to the Canada Tibet committee.

Here’s another link to the website of the International Cultic Studies with the headline, “It Was A Buddhist Woodstock.” Interestingly, this headline really sums up the weekend.

And, last but not least, this was the shortened version of the AP article most newspapers printed. I ran into an aquiantance in Indonesia 3 years after this event who read the AP article in his newspaper in Honolulu. My, how news spreads…….

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