Dalai Lama likely to have first public appearance with President Obama next week

The Dalai Lama with Italian politician Marco Pannella (2007)

TIME reports today that H.H. the Dalai Lama will appear for the first time in public with President Barack Obama at the Feb. 5 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. The breakfast, organized by the Christian Fellowship Foundation, is expected to bring 3000 people of various religions together "in the spirit of Jesus". According to TIME:The Dalai Lama will attend this year’s National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, marking the first time that the Tibetan leader will appear in public at an ev … [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

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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...]

New Kadampa / Shugden followers protest Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize

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Last week the Dalai Lama made a three-day visit to Oslo, Norway, where he received the Nobel Peace Prize 25 years ago for his ongoing nonviolent stance toward China, which took over Tibet between 1951 and 1959. And while thousands of well-wishers turned out to greet the Dalai Lama, a small band of protesters were also on hand, asking for the prize to be revoked.The protesters were, by and large, members of the New Kadampa Tradition, a break-away group from the Dalai Lama's Geluk tradition. … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama Awakening, a Q&A with Director Khashyar Darvich

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Last night I attended a cozy screening of "Dalai Lama Awakening", an extended director's cut of the earlier film "Dalai Lama Renaissance."  The film follows forty scholars and intellectuals who were invited to a 1999 meeting with the Dalai Lama to forge a strategy for solving the world's problems.Enormous task? Yes. And the enormous egos of a few of these folks clearly didn't help. The arc of the movie focuses on a few key individuals as they struggle with India's notoriously difficult c … [Read more...]

Tibet’s Self-Immolation Protests Reach Shocking New Levels, a film by Journeyman Pictures

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This recently posted video gives a rare and direct look inside the Tibetan community in exile as their thoughts and lives ebb and flow between India and their homeland.Further reading:The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day (March 2014) Spanish court rules for Tibetan victims of Chinese genocide (November 2013) … [Read more...]

The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day

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The Tibetan Center in Kingston, New York, held a discussion last year of the six decades of human rights abuses in Tibet under Chinese occupation, the recent rise in protests (especially self-immolations), and the possibilities concerning the future of Tibet.The Future of Tibet Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pmBertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College In 2012, there was an intensification of protests and a sharp increase in the number of self-immolations by Tibetans, a response to the … [Read more...]


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