The Dalai Lama, snubbed by Pope and world leaders, may speak at Glastonbury Festival in June

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama, photo by Christopher Michel Flickr C.C.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, once hailed as a "multimedia phenomenon and ascetic Buddhist superstar" by the New York Times, has had a tough year. After meeting nine heads of state in 2001 and eleven in 2002, the Dalai Lama met with just one by the middle of 2014: President Barack Obama. In an article discussing the event, Shannon Tiezzi of The Diplomat, described Obama as rather bravely walking a "tightrope" in the meeting, where he had to make it clear that he regarded the Dalai Lama as a reli … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh out of the coma, wakeful, and smiling

Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy art - Breathe Smile by Bill Damon Flickr C.C.

The latest update out of Plum Village brings wonderful news for students and friends of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). As of yesterday, January 3rd, Thay is no longer in a coma. The update states that he has had his eyes open, has smiled and laughed, and recognizes familiar faces. He is, however, still not able to speak. Thay’s physical condition remains stable, and thanks to the excellent care Thay has received from the medical staff, he is able to enjoy being comfortable and at ease. Thay is i … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from American Buddhist Perspectives

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From all of us to all of you, many wishes of joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season. For many Americans and Europeans, the cultural trappings of Christmas make it a default holiday, even those who have long since given up believing in Santa and Christianity and Consumerism and all of the other things that make the holiday so... special. In my family this is a time for togetherness, and that tends to focus on the dining room table. Whether it's for meals, snacks, coffee, cards, or just te … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh, still in coma, is recalled across the globe

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As Christmas and the New Year approach, and the darkest days come and pass, many people across the world continue to hold Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in their hearts. The latest update from Plum Village, sent out last week, tells us that he is still in a coma but showing signs of wakefulness. The update continues, "There have been times when Thay had his eyes open for more than two hours, and is responsive, but he is not yet showing clear signs of communication." While all hope and energy is … [Read more...]

10 Steps to being a “Good” Convert Buddhist

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This is a repost of a 2010 piece that was recently brought to my attention. Since work and travels have kept me away from the blog for a while and may do so for the coming weeks, I thought I'd share this again with some minor updates. And so here we go... ~ My thanks to Adam (of Home Brew Dharma) for pointing me to NellaLou at Smiling Buddhist Cabaret who has a great article (or should I say novella) today that begins by noting:Nathan at Dangerous Harvests wrote a post “Is Convert Buddhism … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh still stable and his “hemorrhage has slightly reduced in size”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Namovalokita 2013

We share again the latest from Plum Village on Thich Nhat Hanh's (Thay's) health.Plum Village November 30, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable. Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep a … [Read more...]

Superscholar.org introduces an Infographic on Eastern Philosophy

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Hmm... I almost put up scare quotes around 'Eastern Philosophy' - but then I thought I'd just put them up around 'Eastern' - and then just around 'Philosophy' - but perhaps each, separately, needed its own scare quotes. Then again, what exactly is an 'infographic'?Scare quotes and worries about definitions aside (do some research and decide for yourself what these words mean), I was sent this the other day and found it interesting and useful enough to warrant sharing. As an educator I think … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh: still stable but “sleeping more deeply and communicating less”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Avalokita chant

Plum Village has put out another update on Thay's health today. It is brief and reproduced in full here: Official AnnouncementRe: Thay’s current conditionPlum Village, 22 November, 2014To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are stable, he is stil … [Read more...]


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