Dalai Lama biography: “Man of Peace” seeks crowdfunding

Man of Peace - dalai lama graphic biography

The Dalai Lama is the subject of a five-part illustrated biography, currently seeking funding. As scholar Robert Thurman describes him:The Dalai Lama is the world's leader of the win-win solution of hte non-violent response to violence. Of non-violent dialogue instead of war. And this is his story. And this is his battle with the great giants of the military industrial complexes of China and other countries. And his battle is a battle of peace.Speaking of the illustrated biography … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama’s ‘Sexist’ Snafu?

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama

Over the weekend, the Dalai Lama spoke about his prospects for reincarnation, telling the UK's Sunday Times that he may come back as a “mischievous blonde woman" adding that “then her face must be very attractive” or “nobody pay much attention.”Fellow Patheos writer Elizabeth Scalia responds: Got that? The Dalai Lama says if a woman isn’t pretty, no one will pay attention to her. Her looks are her passport to credibility. And no one is screaming of fainting about it. This on her Catholi … [Read more...]

Remembering Kindness: Happy (all) Mothers Day

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Throughout the day I've seen messages of gratitude, comfort, and joy, as well as discontent, despair, and derision. All over a holiday dedicated to mothers.Granted, these feelings all come from authentic experiences and true hearts. Yet the effort to expand our celebration of motherhood seems to me far wiser than either blindly praising an exclusive 'in-crowd' of nuclear families, an ideal of a bygone era, or turning one's back on it all.Today at the Unitarian Universalist fellowship I at … [Read more...]

The Karmapa is coming to America


His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the 900 year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, will begin his 3rd US tour beginning in less than two weeks. His first stop will be at Stanford University on March 17th, where he will talk about "Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology and the Environment." This talk is sold out according to the tour website, but openings may become available and there is a notification list you can join at http://events.stanford.edu/events/499/49993/. March 24 … [Read more...]

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche talks about Homosexuality and Buddhism

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche - Bodhgaya 2014

In this short video the Buddhist teacher and filmmaker, well known for his wit and sense of humor, speaks about the place of Homosexuality in Buddhism.Here is a partial transcript:Just um, this interesting question of sexual orientation, like gays and lesbians, what to do with, you know, how does this sort of fit with Bhutanese sort of Buddhist world? And I would like to speak [about] this a little bit. In Buddhism, as Shantideva said (in Tibetan): wisdom is the most important [ … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama, snubbed by Pope and world leaders, may speak at Glastonbury Festival in June

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama, photo by Christopher Michel Flickr C.C.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, once hailed as a "multimedia phenomenon and ascetic Buddhist superstar" by the New York Times, has had a tough year. After meeting nine heads of state in 2001 and eleven in 2002, the Dalai Lama met with just one by the middle of 2014: President Barack Obama. In an article discussing the event, Shannon Tiezzi of The Diplomat, described Obama as rather bravely walking a "tightrope" in the meeting, where he had to make it clear that he regarded the Dalai Lama as a reli … [Read more...]

Buddhism and the Environment in China: PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

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PBS takes us to China this week, where the increasing signs of environmental degradation are leading many in this officially 'atheist' nation to embrace Buddhism. Buddhism is on the rise in China, currently estimated to have about 200-300 million adherents, for a variety of reasons. After the extreme persecution of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, the nation slowly and quietly allowed some cracks to form in its atheist and socialist facade. Over the last twenty years especially, the … [Read more...]

Double Dalai Lama or none: Buddhist leader contemplates ending reincarnations


This week the Dalai Lama is grabbing international headlines and as usual, Stephen Colbert's commentary is a great one to start with: on point, historically accurate, and highly entertaining. Colbert has it right that a major worry is that when the current Dalai Lama passes away, China will likely appoint its own successor, in effect leading to a secular, communist state endorsing the Tibetan Buddhist belief not only in rebirth, but in the specific 'tulku' system whereby individuals of … [Read more...]