The Dalai Lama clarifies his response to the Paris attacks: I believe in praying, but we need non-violence, humanistic values, and harmony

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama by Christopher Michel (C.C. flickr)

In an interview with the German media outlet DW yesterday, the Dalai Lama clarified his earlier comments on violence and the Paris attacks.  When asked about those attacks, he suggested that the violence we see today is a spillover of the violent 20th century, but: If we emphasize more on non-violence and harmony, we can herald a new beginning. Unless we make serious attempts to achieve peace, we will continue to see a replay of the mayhem humanity experienced in the 20th century. He … [Read more...]

Gun Violence and the Paradox of our Time

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This is a slightly edited version of a reflection I was asked to give at today's Big Sky Unitarian Universalist fellowship. The given topic was the poem, often attributed to the Dalai Lama, called The Paradox of our Time (or Age). An original, lengthier text by that title is by Bob Moorehead (on the false attribution to the Dalai Lama read here). The Paradox of our Time When I was first invited to offer a reflection on this poem I read it and thought about the importance of … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama biography: “Man of Peace” is nearing its crowdfunding goal

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With just under a month to go, the illustrated graphic novel of the Dalai Lama's life is now less than $3000 short of its crowdfunding goal of $25,000.In his latest update on the progress of this biography of the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman announces that they are just 2-3 months away from completion, needing to color and polish the last set of pages. Then the book will be sent to the printer for its first edition, with the goal that it is out before the coming Losar (Tibetan New Year), … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama leaves Mayo Clinic in good health and good spirits [Video] (UPDATED)


The Rochester Minnesota based Post Bulletin reported today that the Dalai Lama has been released from his stay at the Mayo Clinic, where he had been admitted last week after a routine check-up. He was greeted there by dozens of traditionally dressed Tibetans, who were invited to come to him for blessings.The Dalai Lama canceled a series of October appearances in the United States on advice from his U.S. doctors. No specific issues have been named, the 80 year-old religious leader has simply b … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama in hot water over “sexist” comments – again

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In May the Dalai Lama told the UK’s Sunday Times that he might come back as a “mischievous blonde woman” adding that “then her face must be very attractive” or “nobody pay much attention.”That didn't seem to upset too many people, but a fellow Patheos blogger picked it up, calling the Dalai Lama sexist, and I followed up with some context, opening the incident up for conversation with readers.I also inserted a (non-scientific) poll asking readers if they felt his comments were outrageous … [Read more...]

UK Tibetan Community issues a statement on Shugden

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Partially in response to increasingly vocal protests by Shudgen practitioners, the Tibetan Community UK has issued a statement on what they call the "Cult of Dolgyal Shugden." You can read more about members of this group, who are currently protesting the Dalai Lama in Australia here and via links below. STATEMENT CONCERNING THE CULT OF DOLGYAL SHUGDEN (Issued by Tibetan Community in Britain on 12 June 2015)Since early 2014, a sectarian group, the International Shugden Community (ISC), … [Read more...]

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...]