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...]

Happy Birthday, George Takei – American Buddhist, Actor, Author, Activist

Today is George Takei's 79th birthday.In honor of the occasion; and perhaps in horor of the latest Trump primary victory, we revisit George Takei's remarks about growing up with Japanese heritage in the xenophobic period around WW II. He is celebrating his birthday at Seattle's Key Arena advocating for "We Day" celebrating youth engaged in volunteer work. Follow him and see video from this morning in Seattle on facebook.(December 10, 2015)Ever since Donald Trump proposed a ban on … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama’s inspiring appeal to love, human values, and inter-religious harmony

Even at the age of 80 (or 81 by Tibetan standards), the Dalai Lama continues to blaze a trail of wisdom and compassion across the globe. Last month the Dalai lama spoke from a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he was undergoing precautionary prostate treatment (he told audiences in Minnesota this week that he's in good health). There he reminded listeners to not simply say the words "happy new year" (tashi Losar delek) but to embody the spirit behind them in their actions.In his recent t … [Read more...]

The Santa Claus Sutra, Christmas becomes Buddhist (Video)

Christmas is less than a week away now, and if Star Wars mania doesn't completely eclipse the popular winter holiday, we'll all be left with the usual yearly questions like "Happy Holiday" or "Merry Christmas"? Or "to tree or not to tree..."Or,"why are all these pagan festivities being practiced by Christians this time of year, anyway?"How about one more question: Could Christmas become a genuine Buddhist holiday?I concluded my university class on Buddhism last week by talking about ways … [Read more...]

Buddhist monastery serves meals to fasting Muslims in Ramadan

Agence France-Presse reported today that Dharmarajika, a Buddhist monastery in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, is serving food to Muslims this Ramadan, "in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation."The monastery, they report, "has become a hit on social media since it started distributing daily food packs for Muslims who break their fast during the Islamic month at sunset, known as Iftar." The abbot of the monastery, Suddhananda Mahathero, speaking … [Read more...]

Pope Francis “Beaming” as he leaves meeting with American Buddhist leaders

In a meeting hosted by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops this week, the Pope today met with around fifty Buddhists from America:A dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders began today at the Vatican. Pope Francis stopped by the meeting and Cardinal Jean Louis Tauron gave a welcoming address. The Pope then made some brief remarks that were translated to English as he spoke:This is a … [Read more...]

Understanding Buddhist-Muslim relations in Burma (Myanmar)

This post is part of the Interfaith Ramadan: Shared Vision of Inclusion & Co-Existence series, cross-posted there at Interfaith Ramadan here. As our series host Sara Ager writes: Ramadan is a time when Muslim communities traditionally come together – to fast, to pray, to reflect, and to encourage one another. In that spirit, the Interfaith Ramadan blog series aims to extend that sense of community to people of all faiths and none. The series provides an inclusive platform where people from a … [Read more...]

Responding to Pat Robertson’s comment that a Christian could ‘get infected by’ Buddhism [Video]

Today Pat Robertson, on his well-known Christian Broadcasting Network show The 700 Club, told a viewer who works with Buddhists and fears she is being preached to by them that: If you are healthy and there is a mild contagion around you, the chances are you won't get it. But if you put yourself in the middle of a hospital ward where everybody has the disease except you, sooner or later you will be infected by it. Now, it's one thing for you to be ministering to somebody who's of a different p … [Read more...]