Psychologists test the Dalai Lama’s teaching on Compassion, and it works

Anyone in a relationship knows that it feels good to do something nice for your significant other. In fact, in general, it just feels good to give. Theorists have posited a spectrum of reasons why this is so, from the "egoist" position that we only give in hope of receiving back to accounts that suggest that "we" are merely giving to support similar genetic material or to strengthen social bonds.The Dalai Lama's famous quote (or paraphrase) is that "If you want others to be happy, practice … [Read more...]

In the Obituary of a Tibetan Buddhism scholar, some ominous words

The obituary for Elliot Sperling begins as most do, noting the peaks of the man's life: 66 years of vitality, a MacArthur (genius) Fellowship, and a reshaping of our understanding of Sino-Tibetan relations. Of particular note, the obituary's author Tenzin Dorjee, writes: Through his seminal writings on Tibet’s relations with China during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, he became arguably the first historian to extensively use both Chinese and Tibetan sources to bring to light the separation a … [Read more...]

Tibetan Buddhist immigrant told: ‘get the f— out of my country’

Tenzin Dorjee is from Bhutan, the tiny kingdom in the Himalayas made famous by its adherence to the idea that Gross National Happiness is at least as important as Gross Domestic Product. He is a practicing Buddhist, for whom "being peaceful is a huge part of his religion and identity."As an immigrant in America, he has faced racism and discrimination, but nothing like what happened to him last week.On November 9th, the day after Donald Trump's election, he was accosted outside his local … [Read more...]

False: The Dalai Lama did *not* compare Donald Trump to Hitler

On Friday the website Religiousmind.com published a story claiming that "Dalai Lama Says Trump is a Threat to Humanity, Says He Is Worse Than Hitler."In the story the Dalai Lama is quoted as saying that "I see another Hitler in the making... If American people vote for Trump, it will be the end of great American civilization."The quotes claim to come from the Dalai Lama's recent teachings in Zurich, Switzerland.However, no such comments were made. Some further searching of google … [Read more...]

A Tibetan Buddhist Nun teaches JOY instead of Willpower, Ego, and Guilt

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is one of the few female Tibetan lamas (teachers) in the world today and a recognized reincarnation (tulku) of a past great female teacher. She has taught Buddhism across Europe, the US, and Asia. She will be conducting a long Vajrayana retreat in Virginia starting later this week and you can find her Mahamudra/Dzogchen teachings on DVD, and - better for beginners! - her complete guide to the Tibetan path to awakening in book form.Below she talks about Western … [Read more...]

2 More Tibetan Nuns commit suicide as China destroys vast Buddhist religious city

Phayul news service reports that two more Tibetan nuns have taken their lives due to the destruction of the city of Larung Gar in eastern Tibet (Western China). Authorities there claim that the expanse of new structures is a fire hazard and that the rapid growth of the city has not been officially permitted. I wrote this last month: This is Larung Gar a year ago. It is a vast monastic complex in eastern Tibet (in China’s Sichuan Province) housing as many as 40,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nu … [Read more...]

China gives Tibetans a search engine, immediately censors the Dalai Lama

After over 3 years of work, China has debuted its first ever Tibetan-language search engine: yongzin.com (which means "teacher" in Tibetan). The front page sports the bright blue, red, green, and yellow that are well-known to Google users, but the search results are very much a reflection of China's, and not Google's, priorities. According to the Wall Street Journal: A quick image search for the Dalai Lama, for example, requires sifting through pages of results before locating any of the man … [Read more...]

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the “outdated” Tulku system in Tibetan Buddhism

In a long (4000+ word) post on facebook yesterday, the Buddhist teacher and filmmaker, well known for his wit and sense of humor, speaks about the need for reform in the system of reincarnated teachers in Tibetan Buddhism known as tulkus.Titled "Time for radical change in how we raise our tulkus," the document has eight sections. Excerpted here are those sections with key points and quotations.The document itself was prompted by the choice of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche to leave his role as … [Read more...]