In power grab from the Dalai Lama, China announces list of “verified living Buddhas” for Tibetan Buddhism

In what can only be described as an odd, if not cynical, move by the self-avowed atheist government of China, a new list of "verified living Buddhas" or tulkus, reincarnated Buddhist masters, has been published in Chinese and Tibetan languages at http://hf.tibet.cn/. The purported role of the site is to inform citizens about the "real" high lamas and teachers, complete with ID numbers and monastery listings. The site, known as Rinpocheonline, is said to list 870 authentic Rinpoche's (an … [Read more...]

Reddit’s Buddhism page bans support of the New Kadampa Tradition

The popular Buddhism section of Reddit, known as the front page of the internet, last week banned all content relating to the New Kadampa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This, the editors say, is in response to complaints over the quality of the Buddhism section of the site. Specifically addressing the NKT ban, they write:Why is content related to the New Kadampa Tradition now banned? Following recent news confirming conspiracy theories and speculation for years that the NKT is financially … [Read more...]

5 things we learned (and didn’t) from the Reuters investigation into the Buddhist “Shugden” sect, China, and the Dalai Lama

For students of Tibetan Buddhism the Dorje Shugden issue is a treasure trove: involving a mysterious protector deity, capable of bestowing great wealth and threatening violence to foes, exposing a fault-line within the best known school of Tibetan Buddhism, with the widely-loved Dalai Lama caught in the middle, and now the secretive world of China-Tibet politics seeping in. For adherents to Tibetan Buddhism it exposes deeply held allegiances and the fears or concerns associated with potentially … [Read more...]

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

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...]

UK Tibetan Community issues a statement on Shugden

Partially in response to increasingly vocal protests by Shudgen practitioners, the Tibetan Community UK has issued a statement on what they call the "Cult of Dolgyal Shugden." You can read more about members of this group, who are currently protesting the Dalai Lama in Australia here and via links below. STATEMENT CONCERNING THE CULT OF DOLGYAL SHUGDEN (Issued by Tibetan Community in Britain on 12 June 2015)Since early 2014, a sectarian group, the International Shugden Community (ISC), … [Read more...]

100 Arrested in India in pro-Tibet Rally

Today is the 56th anniversary of the March 10, 1959 start of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation.  The history around that day is outlined below, but first, in today's news the Associated Press (via MB and BBC World News) reports that:Indian police have detained about 100 Tibetans who were protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against China’s rule in Tibet. Protesters interlocked their hands and tried to form a chain aro … [Read more...]

The Onion sends NBC’s Brian Williams to Tibet

Wearing what appears to be a Japanese Zen robe and a shaggy beard with his hands in good meditation position, complete with wooden mala, Brian Williams, according to The Onion, has absconded to the remote mountains of Tibet (never mind that the picture looks like it was taken in the summer). Williams is quoted by the paper as saying: “Truth itself is in many ways the one universal constant—that which indisputably conforms to reality. But the question remains: Can we as humans understand this con … [Read more...]

Jay Michaelson is right, don’t get your hopes up for Tibet

The mere sight of the Dalai Lama smiling brings joy to many of us. Knowing that his smile - and perhaps some sort of influence - is in the same room, and just yards away from, President Barack Obama can doubtless bring a sense of hope for the world. And if not the world, at least the Dalai Lama's beleaguered homeland of Tibet.But as Jay Michaelson writes for Salon, "don't get your hopes up, Tibet." In his insightful essay, subtitled: "Why Obama's Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is An Empty … [Read more...]