Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital and “full recovery may be possible”

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See updates at bottom - or, for those who won't make it that far, Plum Village has posted a second official update including the following:In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gest … [Read more...]

World Compassion and Vegan day – via the Jain eLibrary

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One of my favorite non-Buddhist religions to teach and to study is Jainism, which is a bit like Buddhist asceticism on steroids. Jains also share a deep respect for non-human animals and generally act on that in compassionate ways that put most other religions to shame. The religion is small, limited mostly to India, though there are Jains all over the world, so they rarely get much press. Yesterday I received the following newsletter from a Jain list I am on and I thought I'd pass it on to you … [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...]

Happy Pavarana from Bodhgaya

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This full moon is an especially significant one in Buddhism, and we spent the late afternoon and moon-rise (around 5:15pm) at the Japanese Temple practicing Soto Zen. After the practice we emerged to see this:It must have been just the last moments of the eclipse.These are busy times, I'm afraid, so I'll offer you just this image and a couple clippings from around the web to tell you more about Pavarana: Pavarana is a Buddhist holy day celebrated on Aashvin full moon of the lunar month. … [Read more...]

BREAKING: World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates canceled after the Dalai Lama’s visa refusal

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 Speaking from Dharamsala, India, American Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams told reporters that the event in South Africa had been cancelled and shifted to another venue, to be announced. Williams is in Dharamsala with Shirin Ebadi of Iran, a fellow laureate, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1989 award (live stream available here) on October 2nd."We feel proud that the summit has been cancelled after we lodged a protest over denial of visa to the Dalai Lama," she said. … [Read more...]

Ajahn Brahm’s Gender Equality in Buddhism petition nears 5000 signatures

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As per a request on twitter, I'm reposting this with the hopes of driving the petition over 5000 (it needs just 239 more as of now): In May, Ajahn Brahm, one of the world's best known Theravadin monks, was scheduled to give a talk on gender equality (and lack thereof) in Buddhism in Vietnam at the annual UN Day of Vesak conference. However, at the last minute his talk was canceled. Here Ajahn Brahm talks about why:Now you can sign a petition, launched today in the UK, asking the UNDV … [Read more...]

Bodhgaya, Buddhism’s holiest city, in pictures

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September is a strange time in Bodhgaya. It's stretched between the hot and muggy monsoon season of N.E. India and the gradual onset of the cool season. Over the three weeks we've been here, the temperatures have gone up and down (highs ranging from around 95F/35C to a cool 85F /29C) but the humidity has steadily dropped from the stultifying 85+% to a merciful 65% during the day.It is still low season for tourists, so we get the city and her 38,000 or so inhabitants mostly to ourselves. Life … [Read more...]

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace: NY City, beginning Sept 21

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For readers in or near the New York City area, here is a great opportunity to learn about and participate in a ceremony with a growing global Buddhist community. I had the privilege of interviewing the head of Shinnyo-en, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, last May. And my friend Danny Fisher points us to the more recent Religion and Ethics Newsweekly coverage of last year's lantern floating. Below is taken from their press release announcing this year's event. On Sunday, Sept. 21, Shinnyo-en, the … [Read more...]


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