I have a book by the Dalai Lama called The Path To Tranquility. It has words of wisdom for each day of the year. The passage for September 11 reads: Since we have a natural compassion in us, and that compassion has to manifest itself, it might be good to awaken it. Violence done to an innocent person, for example, can make us indignant, scandalize us, and in doing so help us to discover our compassion. By its very violence, television might keep us in a state of alert. However, it is very dangerous if violence leads to indifference. Thus, a central point of our teaching is how to reach nonattachment without falling into indifference. I found it interesting that as I sat in front of the TV all day yesterday, the pictures I was seeing on TV were not as surprising as they should have been. I've seen such scenes before countless times on TV and in movies. The difficult part was trying to internalize that it was real. I think that we have make a conscious effort to challenge ourselves and those around us not to fall in to racial/religious stereotypes. This will only increase the depth of this tragedy. My heart goes out to all of you who have lost someone.