Building Bridges of Loving-kindness: Mongolia’s Rich History and Culture of Buddhism

A guest post by Michael Fouts, Executive Director of the Grand Maitreya Project West In today’s world the majority of new construction projects and monuments are created with a commercial interest in mind. There seems to be fewer symbols of love and peace being created these days, especially in the west. With the current state of the world and the real need for peace on Earth, creating more universal symbols of love and peace seems to be more important than ever before.In 1924 Mongolia b … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama on Donald Trump, “personal criticism looks – a little cheap”

Sitting with noted psychologist Richard Davidson, the Dalai Lama answered questions from Dan Harris (author of 10% Happier, about his experience with meditation) this week. Below is a partial transcript from the video. Dan Harris begins: "Can I ask just ask one last question and this is a more earthly question. I know you follow the news you listen to BBC. I'm just curious if you have any views on the presidential candidate in this country who's making the most noise: Donald Trump."The D … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama’s inspiring appeal to love, human values, and inter-religious harmony

Even at the age of 80 (or 81 by Tibetan standards), the Dalai Lama continues to blaze a trail of wisdom and compassion across the globe. Last month the Dalai lama spoke from a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he was undergoing precautionary prostate treatment (he told audiences in Minnesota this week that he's in good health). There he reminded listeners to not simply say the words "happy new year" (tashi Losar delek) but to embody the spirit behind them in their actions.In his recent t … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama tops list of 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2016, Several Other Buddhists Included

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”This is just one of the many often-quoted statements from the Dalai Lama that continue to land him on top of global lists of influential and inspiring world religious leaders. For several years now, Watkins Magazine has placed the Dalai Lama at the top of their list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. He was #1 in 2015, 2014, 2013 (when Thich Nhat Hanh was #2!), and 2012. … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama’s message on Living a Meaningful Life – Tibetan New Year

Speaking from the hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he is undergoing precautionary prostate treatment, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered a brief message on the occasion of the upcoming Tibetan New Year (Losar, beginning Feb. 9 and lasting 15 days). There, he reassured friends and supporters that he is in good health and is being well looked after by hospital staff. His message focused on expressing his appreciation to those who have sent prayers and well-wishes for his health and r … [Read more...]

In power grab from the Dalai Lama, China announces list of “verified living Buddhas” for Tibetan Buddhism

In what can only be described as an odd, if not cynical, move by the self-avowed atheist government of China, a new list of "verified living Buddhas" or tulkus, reincarnated Buddhist masters, has been published in Chinese and Tibetan languages at http://hf.tibet.cn/. The purported role of the site is to inform citizens about the "real" high lamas and teachers, complete with ID numbers and monastery listings. The site, known as Rinpocheonline, is said to list 870 authentic Rinpoche's (an … [Read more...]

Reddit’s Buddhism page bans support of the New Kadampa Tradition

The popular Buddhism section of Reddit, known as the front page of the internet, last week banned all content relating to the New Kadampa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This, the editors say, is in response to complaints over the quality of the Buddhism section of the site. Specifically addressing the NKT ban, they write:Why is content related to the New Kadampa Tradition now banned? Following recent news confirming conspiracy theories and speculation for years that the NKT is financially … [Read more...]

5 things we learned (and didn’t) from the Reuters investigation into the Buddhist “Shugden” sect, China, and the Dalai Lama

For students of Tibetan Buddhism the Dorje Shugden issue is a treasure trove: involving a mysterious protector deity, capable of bestowing great wealth and threatening violence to foes, exposing a fault-line within the best known school of Tibetan Buddhism, with the widely-loved Dalai Lama caught in the middle, and now the secretive world of China-Tibet politics seeping in. For adherents to Tibetan Buddhism it exposes deeply held allegiances and the fears or concerns associated with potentially … [Read more...]


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