How colour blinds: A Burmese-Canadian-Buddhist on the many tones of belongingness.

Lynette Monteiro

Today I am very happy to share the work of a dear friend and colleague, Lynette Monteiro. This continues our series of expanding perspectives on race and diversity in American Buddhism alongside Secundra Beasley's "Among the Sangha...", “Crossing the Great Divides in U.S. Buddhism” by Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda, last Wednesday’s (forthcoming) book excerpt from Lama Choyin Rangdrol, “African American Buddhism…” an interview discussing emerging voices in the Western Buddhist world, the Tibetan Feminis … [Read more...]

Among the Sangha: An African American Buddhist in the Zendo

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Today I am again honored to share another wonderful guest post in our ongoing series of expanding perspectives on race and diversity in American Buddhism. Recent posts include yesterday’s "Crossing the Great Divides in U.S. Buddhism" by Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda, Wednesday's (forthcoming) book excerpt from Lama Choyin Rangdrol, “African American Buddhism…” an interview discussing emerging voices in the Western Buddhist world, the Tibetan Feminist Collective, and two excellent academic pieces that s … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama’s message on Living a Meaningful Life – Tibetan New Year

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Speaking from the hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he is undergoing precautionary prostate treatement, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered a brief message on the occasion of the upcoming Tibetan New Year (Losar, beginning Feb. 9 and lasting 15 days). There, he reassured friends and supporters that he is in good health and is being well looked after by hospital staff. His message focused on expressing his appreciation to those who have sent prayers and well-wishes for his health and r … [Read more...]

Crossing the Great Divides in U.S. Buddhism

Mushimhapchang1

Today I am again very honored to share a guest post in our ongoing series of expanding perspectives on race and diversity in American Buddhism. Recent posts include yesterday's (forthcoming) book excerpt from Lama Choyin Rangdrol, "African American Buddhism..." an interview discussing an emerging and wonderful voice -several voices, in fact- in the Western Buddhist world, the Tibetan Feminist Collective, and two excellent academic pieces that started things off: “Race Matters…” and “The Dukkha of … [Read more...]

African American Buddhism – a manual for an Age of Enlightenment

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Today I share another article from a developing series on expanding perspectives presented here starting last month with two wonderful academic guest posts on the topic of race in American Buddhism (“Race Matters…” and “The Dukkha of Racism…").  Yesterday's interview with Tenzin Pelkyi of the Tibetan Feminist Collective, though developed alongside the series, further expands our awareness of the Buddhisms lived and practiced in America-and elsewhere-today.Today's post is longer than earlier p … [Read more...]

The Tibetan Feminist Collective: an interview with co-founder Tenzin Pelkyi

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Last month I shared two wonderful guest posts by researchers looking into race in American Buddhism ("Race Matters..." and "The Dukkha of Racism..."). I also noted the change, which occurred early in 2015, of the blog's title from the singular "American Buddhist Perspective" to plural "Perspectives" in recognition that more perspectives than my own were being shared here and as an aspiration that this growth and diversity continues to flourish. Today I'm honored to share an interview that has be … [Read more...]

David Bowie’s ashes to be spread in Bali “in accordance with the Buddhist rituals”

Bali funeral procession

As discussed here earlier this month, one of the many lives of David Bowie was as a Buddhist practitioner and later a devoted patron of Tibetan culture and the cause of Tibetan independence. As reported then, however, the late singer's 1960s fascination with Buddhism was unclear - perhaps mirroring many people's interest in Buddhism at the time - "Despite Bowie’s deep interest in Buddhism, he had no sympathy with the hippy package [that came with it]" wrote Sean O'Hagen of the Guardian in 2013. A … [Read more...]

In power grab from the Dalai Lama, China announces list of “verified living Buddhas” for Tibetan Buddhism

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama (photo by Christopher Michel, flickr C.C.)

In what can only be described as an odd, if not cynical, move by the self-avowed atheist government of China, a new list of "verified living Buddhas" or tulkus, reincarnated Buddhist masters, has been published in Chinese and Tibetan languages at http://hf.tibet.cn/. The purported role of the site is to inform citizens about the "real" high lamas and teachers, complete with ID numbers and monastery listings. The site, known as Rinpocheonline, is said to list 870 authentic Rinpoche's (an … [Read more...]


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