In 1999, as the Senate searched for dignity, fairness, and bipartisanship in its trial of President Clinton, we wondered about the role of religion at the Capitol. One way religion can be influential is through pastoral counseling, and Religion and Ethics has often covered the spiritual advisers to the president, but who counsels the Senate, now the president's jury? What influence do they have?
The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of six million Tibetan Buddhists, is touring the U.S. to rally support for freedom for his homeland, taken over by China 40 years ago. His visit comes at a time of growing frustration among his people. He preaches compassion, even for Tibet’s Chinese rulers, but some of his followers wonder if his methods can work. More