Conan the meditating dog

NAHA, Japan (AFP) - - Buddhists clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment, but Conan, a chihuahua, appears to have more worldly motivations.The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him."Conan started to pose in prayer like us whenever he wanted treats," said Joei Yoshikuni, a priest at Jigenin temple on the southern island of Okinawa."Clasping hands is a basic action of Buddhist prayer to show appreciation. He may be … [Read more...]

On the homefront: Obama, Stuff, and Work

While Tibet has been foremost in my thoughts in recent days, that hasn't stopped or even slowed down the pace of life here in my life and in the US.~OBAMALast night Kelly and I snuggled up to watch Barack Obama's now famous 'A More Perfect Union' speech on YouTube. For impressive commentary on it I suggest this post from Nacho Cordova, fellow Buddhist/Humanist blogger and professor of rhetoric at Willamette University. For my part, I was hugely impressed that Obama refused to lay blame; as he … [Read more...]

Tibet, how about Turkistan and Taiwan

As the protests and subsequent clamp-down in Tibet spread, let us not forget about two other areas of/around China that are sure to be popping into the news in coming months: Turkistan and Taiwan.From yesterday's news in Taiwan: Tibet crashes Taiwan election with Olympic boycott threatThe Peoples Republic of China and the “Three Ts” … [Read more...]

Tibet: Updates and some Background

The latest from CTV, a Canadian broadcasting network, on the spread of the protests in Tibet:-- H.H. the Dalai Lama: "If things become out of control, then my only option is: completely resign, completely resign."-- Reporter Steve Chao: "While [the Dalai Lama is] still revered, a new generation of Tibetans no longer believe that pacifism and nonviolence works. And so they fight for independence, threatening a gorilla-style war at whatever the cost."Indeed, a gorilla war. Men with long-sleeved … [Read more...]

Tibet: a great question

I'm now listening to a fantastic podcast posted by the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies. It is a panel discussion entitled:Tibet's Future . . .Does It Have One?The panel was hosted (oddly) by the right-wing think tank, the Heritage Foundation (it's main page hosts a large banner asking "What Would Regan Do?") and includes left-wing hippy Buddhist Columbia University professor (my hero!) Robert Thurman - also known as Uma Thurman's dad. It also includes John Kenneth Knaus, a … [Read more...]

Beyond Tibet, toward peace

Continued from the last post...We know that Tibet is in turmoil, that Burma is under a brutal military regime, and that numerous places around the world - America included - are in the midst of great violence and suffering. Several things need to happen if we are to see a world free of such violence and oppression. Here are my humble suggestions:Follow Gary's advice (and that of countless world peace-makers): be the peace you wish to see in the world. This is 1000% more difficult than it … [Read more...]

Tibet Tibet Tibet

So much has been going on in Tibet recently, and the background and potential for analysis is so great, that I've simply avoided trying to blog about it. Not to mention that when I allow myself to think about it deeply, it threatens to move me to tears. Where do I even start? Well, how about some news (borrowed from a recent email):Here are some links with more information on the Tibetan protests and the Chinese response:BBC News: UN Calls for Restraint in TibetHuman Right Watch: … [Read more...]

Kelly’s Preserve

As I mentioned before, I have found a tiny chunk of nature here near Kelly's apartment just outside of Washington D.C. (click here for where I live now and the bit of nature on the right) I can tell that this little piece of nature will be a great source of healing and grounding for me - and Kelly - in our remaining time here.A mallard couple are the only permanent feathered residents on the pond, but they share with many guests.The first time I went there I brought my noise-canceling … [Read more...]