The Shugden Cult, Dalai Lama Protests, Race, and Genocide

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Last month, when the Dalai Lama was in Oslo on the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize, he and supporters were confronted with crowds of protesters calling him, among other things, a False Dalai Lama and a persecutor of worshippers of Dorje (or Dolgyal) Shugden, a protector deity associated with the Dalai Lama's Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism.In gathering background on the situation, we looked at two prominent scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, Georges Dreyfus and Robert Thurman (who uses … [Read more...]

India, Pakistan, & a commercial to make you cry with joy

I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and growing ever more nostalgic for India myself (I can't believe it's been 3 years!). But nothing could have prepared me for this:When I was just 21 or 22, a friend lent me Cracking India, a story of the partition as experienced in Lahore. Later I watched Deepa Mehta's film adaptation of the book, Earth (1998), and watched it again, and again (full movie available here). … [Read more...]

“AKONG a remarkable life” – an interview by Lisa Tully

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Many of you may have heard about the recent and tragic death of the Tibetan master Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He set up many Dharma centres around the world where people could learn and practice the principles of Buddhism. In London, a group of filmmakers are in the process of making a documentary about him. They are Chico Dall'Inha, Jörg Wagner and Gerry McCulloch.This project actually began over two years ago and now due to his untimely death is more imperative than ever before. His life was … [Read more...]

Buddhists in Pink, a look at nuns in Burma/Myanmar

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The NY Times recently posted a video taking us briefly inside the world of female monastic life in contemporary Burma. Have a look:They report that, "Enrollment is rising at the Aung Thawada Nunnery School on the northern border of Yangon. The nuns, whose ages range from 9 to 94, join for a variety of reasons, including to escape poverty or abuse."It was great to see that the reporter, Chelsi Moy, is a young woman from my home town of Helena, Montana and I even remember her … [Read more...]

Reposting “Femicide” for the International Day of the Girl Child

This is a repost of an article written by Naga R Dhoopati last spring. Given that today is the UN International Day of the Girl Child, I felt it worthwhile to repost it in the hope that the educational message will spread further and wider, bringing a swifter end to atrocities committed against girls around the world.Educating girls around the globe.There have been many cases where a girl’s life has become a burden to her parents, especially in India. Femicide is one practice used to re … [Read more...]

Growing up in India and My Kolhapuri Chappal

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Today would have been the 144th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi. His principled stand for nonviolent solutions to injustice continue to inspire and instruct. I hope all of you can spend some time reading and pondering Gandhi's words and actions. In addition to celebrating the life of the Great Soul, I am again sharing some of the work of Naga R Dhoopati, whom you may remember from her article Femicide published here in March. In addition to two of her poems, Naga has put … [Read more...]

Three great Buddhist projects deserving your support

Seth Segal's Walk to Feed the Hungry for Buddhist Global Relief

"The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence," writes Bhikkhu Bodhi in his essay introducing a Wheel publication devoted to generosity in Buddhist practice.There are countless ways you can practice generosity each day, from simply giving some time to a friend or stranger in need, giving comfort, giving consolation, giving respect and recognition, … [Read more...]

“Bones of the Buddha” to air on PBS

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via WNET:Watch Bones of the Buddha - Preview on PBS. See more from Secrets of the Dead.If you haven't seen PBS's The Buddha, Tuesday the 23rd is a great chance to see it, and catch the first airing on PBS of Bones of the Buddha.   This summer, PBS is dedicating a full evening to the Buddha, anchored by an intriguing new Secrets of the Dead episode, Bones of the Buddha.  The film presents a convincing collection of evidence that suggests an amateur archaeologist discovered the leader’s sa … [Read more...]


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