Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gives Morgan Freeman the Buddhist “shortcut” teachings for happiness

We need to care, love and respect each other, that's the source of happiness. ~Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.Read my full review of the "Story of God" episode on miracles here. … [Read more...]

“The Story of God” – A Buddhist Perspective on Evil

In this week's episode of "The Story of God" (airing May 1), Morgan Freeman explores the concept of evil. As with previous topics, apocalypse and creation, their is no perfect word for evil in the Asian languages of Buddhism. However, as with those concepts, when we tease them out, exploring their etymological and historical roots, we see that even in English and associated languages, these words can mean much more than we commonly take them to mean.Getting beyond the superficial, we find … [Read more...]

Letting identity arise unimpeded: Buddhism confronting racism

A guest post by Lama Justin von Bujdoss (Repa Dorje Odzer)On April 22nd the 2nd Race and Buddhism Conference will be held at Harvard Divinity School. This is a unique gathering of academics, dharma teachers and activists meeting to explore how engaged responses to the problems of racism within the dharma world can be developed, as well as how dharma can be a response to heal the pain and suffering that racism creates in a more general sense. On a personal level, this much needed conference … [Read more...]

Building Bridges of Loving-kindness: Mongolia’s Rich History and Culture of Buddhism

A guest post by Michael Fouts, Executive Director of the Grand Maitreya Project West In today’s world the majority of new construction projects and monuments are created with a commercial interest in mind. There seems to be fewer symbols of love and peace being created these days, especially in the west. With the current state of the world and the real need for peace on Earth, creating more universal symbols of love and peace seems to be more important than ever before.In 1924 Mongolia b … [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 Dalai Lama’s message on Living a Meaningful Life – Tibetan New Year

Speaking from the hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he is undergoing precautionary prostate treatment, 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

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

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...]