“Buddha” on Mars and other bizarre Martian theories

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Remember this word: Pareidolia.We'll come back to that in a moment.Sarcasm in print is always tricky. In pithy stories reporting science news, all the more so. Thus a well-earned tip of the hat is owed to the folks over at Discovery News for their coverage of the alleged Buddha statue showing up in one of last week's Mars Curiosity Rover photographs. Pointing to two real space science stories, they conclude: Sure, they told us about liquid water on Mars today and the odd glint from a st … [Read more...]

Meditation and a Busy Lifestyle: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Here's a new video from Mingyur Rinpoche, founder of Bodhgaya’s giant Tergar Monastery and author of numerous widely praised books on Buddhist practice including The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness and Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom. In August I posted his video on the topic: “I’m Too Lazy to Start a Meditation Practice.” As I wrote then: "substitute “Busy” for “Lazy” and I think we’ll have most of the non-meditating world covered." And as chanc … [Read more...]

The importance of texts and their authenticity in Buddhism

By the Book, Tibetan Text Experts, Master of Ceremonies assists Dagchen Rinpoche, closing the Hevajra Mandala, Tharlam Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal (photo by flickr user Wonderlane; C.C. 2.0)

Teaching, travels, an upcoming conference, and more exciting things are keeping me too busy at the moment to write everything I'd like to be writing at the moment. But a series about teaching Buddhism has been on my mind since the semester started and I'd like to at least start posting little notes, vignettes of a sort.This one is called, "The importance of texts and their authenticity in Buddhism." Texts Texts, as preservers of the word of the Buddha, have always been of profound … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama biography: “Man of Peace” is nearing its crowdfunding goal

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With just under a month to go, the illustrated graphic novel of the Dalai Lama's life is now less than $3000 short of its crowdfunding goal of $25,000.In his latest update on the progress of this biography of the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman announces that they are just 2-3 months away from completion, needing to color and polish the last set of pages. Then the book will be sent to the printer for its first edition, with the goal that it is out before the coming Losar (Tibetan New Year), … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama leaves Mayo Clinic in good health and good spirits [Video] (UPDATED)


The Rochester Minnesota based Post Bulletin reported today that the Dalai Lama has been released from his stay at the Mayo Clinic, where he had been admitted last week after a routine check-up. He was greeted there by dozens of traditionally dressed Tibetans, who were invited to come to him for blessings.The Dalai Lama canceled a series of October appearances in the United States on advice from his U.S. doctors. No specific issues have been named, the 80 year-old religious leader has simply b … [Read more...]

May all beings be at ease! A Buddhist #PrayerforEveryone

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Let none deceive another, Or despise any being in any state. Let none through anger or ill-will Wish harm upon another. Even as a mother protects with her life     Her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart     Should one cherish all living beings;-- from the Karaniya-Metta Sutta, translated by the Amaravati Sangha, from accesstoinsight.com (emphasis added). Today I join fellow Patheos bloggers across traditions in supporting and promoting the #PrayerforEveryone Global Go … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama in hot water over “sexist” comments – again

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In May the Dalai Lama told the UK’s Sunday Times that he might come back as a “mischievous blonde woman” adding that “then her face must be very attractive” or “nobody pay much attention.”That didn't seem to upset too many people, but a fellow Patheos blogger picked it up, calling the Dalai Lama sexist, and I followed up with some context, opening the incident up for conversation with readers.I also inserted a (non-scientific) poll asking readers if they felt his comments were outrageous … [Read more...]

Happy 65th Birthday, Bill Murray – thanks for the laughs, the Dharma talk, and so much more

*Call it a Dharma talk, a guided meditation, existential philosophy, or just a bit of calm and sanity in our too-often superficial sound bite driven world. Whatever it is, it's something worth hearing and reflecting upon. As On Being's Trent Gillis notes, this was recorded last August after a screening of Murray's recent film, St. Vincent.When asked by the interviewer, "What's it like to be you?" - a question that could easily go in any number of directions - Murray avoids a quick or f … [Read more...]