Donald Trump technically owes Barack Obama a $5 million donation, Dalai Lama weighs in Trump’s hair and “little mouth”

That, at least, is the claim of late night host Steven Colbert, who cited it after a long fact-check of Trump's recent "ending" of the birther controversy. Colbert also takes shots at Trump's failure to prove past charitable giving, which he has made numerous claims about, as well as his close ties to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.Watch and see:This doesn't even touch on the recent exposure of his use of charitable money to pay his own personal/business bills. The Dalai Lama was … [Read more...]

“Our Buddhist University and the Role of Intellectualism in our Studies” a Call for Papers

The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABS), based in Bangkok, has issued a call for papers today examining the role of intellectualism in Buddhist studies. The key questions posed for the upcoming edition of the journal are: In your Buddhist University or Buddhist Studies Program, what is the role of intellectualism within your program? How is intellectualism promoted or prohibited? Some professors promote critical thinking skills within their studies, some … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama: There is no “Muslim Terrorist” or “Buddhist Terrorist”

Addressing the European Parliament last week, the Dalai Lama said: "Buddhist terrorist, Muslim terrorist. That wording is wrong." "Any person," the Dalai Lama continued, "who wants to indulge in violence is no longer a genuine Buddhist or a genuine Muslim."The Dalai Lama, who is teaching on ethics beyond religion at the moment in Strasbourg, has been making this point for some time already.He continued by saying that all religions teach, "love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, … [Read more...]

Venerable Dr. Yifa on stilling the mind with meditation

In the following video, one of my wonderful teachers, Ven. Yifa, discusses the Buddha's teaching on the effect of meditation on the mind.The mind is like a pool of water. Quite often it is filled with mud that is constantly stirred up. If we look at the reflection of the moon in such water, the image is distorted. So too when we look out at the world with a muddied mind.Similarly, the pond might have surface ripples and agitations that distort the moon. And again, our mind is like this: … [Read more...]

Buddhist Political Preferences (Reader poll, September reporting)

This month our numbers are up a bit, with 178 (self-selected, online, non-randomized) respondents answering questions about their political preferences in the upcoming US Presidential race. Once again, they roughly matched demographically with previous months’ polls, so we’ll again jump right to the question of which candidate each respondent most supported:This marks a small down-turn for Clinton, who last month had nearly 55% support.This dip matches a number of polls that showe … [Read more...]

From US Marine to Zen Monk (Video)

A commonplace in the discussion of Buddhism as it is taken up by Americans and other Westerners is the flattening out and commodification of the practices. And indeed this is happening and will continue to happen. Zen and mindfulness have become buzzwords that are used to sell soft drinks, potato chips, jewelry, and stationary, among other things. And don't get me started on tantra. Words like 'Theravada' and 'vipassana' are just a bit too difficult on the American tongue to find their way onto … [Read more...]

A Tibetan Buddhist Nun teaches JOY instead of Willpower, Ego, and Guilt

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is one of the few female Tibetan lamas (teachers) in the world today and a recognized reincarnation (tulku) of a past great female teacher. She has taught Buddhism across Europe, the US, and Asia. She will be conducting a long Vajrayana retreat in Virginia starting later this week and you can find her Mahamudra/Dzogchen teachings on DVD, and - better for beginners! - her complete guide to the Tibetan path to awakening in book form.Below she talks about Western … [Read more...]

Buddhist Politics: A Reader Survey (September)

It's time once again for our monthly survey of Buddhist political affiliations. It has been a... well... interesting month following the conventions - which I mostly missed as I was in China at the time. Clinton received a solid post-convention boost in most polls, getting into double-digit leads at times over the struggling Trump who was snubbed by one of his own convention speakers, former rival Ted Cruz. Since then, a number of Republicans have come out against Trump, so many, in fact, that … [Read more...]


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