The Dalai Lama’s message on Living a Meaningful Life – Tibetan New Year

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Speaking from the hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he is undergoing precautionary prostate treatement, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered a brief message on the occasion of the upcoming Tibetan New Year (Losar, beginning Feb. 9 and lasting 15 days). There, he reassured friends and supporters that he is in good health and is being well looked after by hospital staff. His message focused on expressing his appreciation to those who have sent prayers and well-wishes for his health and r … [Read more...]

The Tibetan Feminist Collective: an interview with co-founder Tenzin Pelkyi

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Last month I shared two wonderful guest posts by researchers looking into race in American Buddhism ("Race Matters..." and "The Dukkha of Racism..."). I also noted the change, which occurred early in 2015, of the blog's title from the singular "American Buddhist Perspective" to plural "Perspectives" in recognition that more perspectives than my own were being shared here and as an aspiration that this growth and diversity continues to flourish. Today I'm honored to share an interview that has be … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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...]

Shantideva: Buddhism and the delight of solitude

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I've just completed teaching the Bodhicaryāvatāra (Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life) for the third time in my academic life, which probably makes this the 6th or 7th time I've been through the text. Some of it is finally, maybe, starting to sink in.Vesna and Alan Wallace, whose translation I borrow from below, tell us that it, "has been the most widely read, cited, and practiced text in the whole of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition" and that it is widely cited in the works of the cu … [Read more...]

Buddhist lama, Mingyur Rinpoche, emerges from multi-year solitary retreat

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News out today from Tergar Learning Community: As you know, Mingyur Rinpoche was on an extended solitary retreat in the Himalayas for the last four years. In the tradition of the great meditation masters of times past, he spent his time wandering freely with no fixed plan or agenda, meditating in caves and hermitages in remote places.In his absence the Tergar Meditation Community continued to thrive with Tergar lamas and instructors holding meditation workshops and retreats around the … [Read more...]

Meditation and a Busy Lifestyle: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Here's a new video from Mingyur Rinpoche, founder of Bodhgaya’s giant Tergar Monastery and author of numerous widely praised books on Buddhist practice including The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness and Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom. In August I posted his video on the topic: “I’m Too Lazy to Start a Meditation Practice.” As I wrote then: "substitute “Busy” for “Lazy” and I think we’ll have most of the non-meditating world covered." And as chanc … [Read more...]


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