The Dalai Lama clarifies his response to the Paris attacks: I believe in praying, but we need non-violence, humanistic values, and harmony

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama by Christopher Michel (C.C. flickr)

In an interview with the German media outlet DW yesterday, the Dalai Lama clarified his earlier comments on violence and the Paris attacks.  When asked about those attacks, he suggested that the violence we see today is a spillover of the violent 20th century, but: If we emphasize more on non-violence and harmony, we can herald a new beginning. Unless we make serious attempts to achieve peace, we will continue to see a replay of the mayhem humanity experienced in the 20th century. He … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama responds to the Paris attacks

Dalai lama (2012) by Christopher Michel

As reported in the Hindustan Times, the Dalai Lama's response to the recent attacks in Paris was concise and to the point: Violence is a reaction by short-sighted, out-of-control people. At 81, I believe it cannot be resolved through prayers or government help. We have to begin the change at individual level and then move on to neighbourhood and society.The Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, has long advocated non-violence in conflicts across the world, including in his … [Read more...]

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah takes us to Myanmar (Burma)

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In case you missed it, this week Burma hosted a truly historic election in which Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won enough seats to choose the next President. Aung San Suu Kyi is herself currently banned from becoming the President by the constitution recently redrafted by the ruling military government, but she has vowed to take up a position, "above the President." Suu Kyi has been criticized for her failure to speak up for the oppressed Muslim minority … [Read more...]

Gun Violence and the Paradox of our Time

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This is a slightly edited version of a reflection I was asked to give at today's Big Sky Unitarian Universalist fellowship. The given topic was the poem, often attributed to the Dalai Lama, called The Paradox of our Time (or Age). An original, lengthier text by that title is by Bob Moorehead (on the false attribution to the Dalai Lama read here). The Paradox of our Time When I was first invited to offer a reflection on this poem I read it and thought about the importance of … [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...]

May all beings be at ease! A Buddhist #PrayerforEveryone

American Buddhist Perspectives #PrayerforEveryone

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 (emphasis added). Today I join fellow Patheos bloggers across traditions in supporting and promoting the #PrayerforEveryone Global Go … [Read more...]

Bernie Sanders, #BlackLivesMatter, the Liberty U Speech, and Buddhism

Bernie Sanders appeals to white Progressives. That much is obvious.But not all Progressives are lining up behind him. Notably, those fighting for racial justice under the #BlackLivesMatter banner have targeted him and he finds himself far behind Clinton and even trailing yet-to-be-running Biden in South Carolina, where 55 percent of the voters are black.In a recent column in the New York Times, Charles M. Blow explores Sanders' lack of appeal with black voters. There he writes that "An … [Read more...]

Celebrating same-sex marriage in Buddhism


Today I am thrilled to join millions across the country in celebration of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states. In honor of the decision, along with joining the facebook "Celebrate Pride" campaign with this blog's facebook profile pic, I thought I would repost one of the blog's most popular entries. Please enjoy, comment, take pride, etc, and remember that there is still much work to be done. ~ The first place I generally turn whenever I come across a … [Read more...]