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November 06, 2008

Politics not as usual

The prez-elect gets some good advice in an open letter to Barack Obama from Alice Walker: A good model of how to "work with the enemy" internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet. Tyentte Deveaux on Shambhala Sun Space writes that Obama's election is a good sign for Tibetans too (despite the Dalai Lama's apparent disappointment with Beijing). And Konchog a More »
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November 06, 2008

Lloyd's and Burma; Dalai Lama and Obama

Per Danny Fisher: Avaaz.org is encouraging you to contact Lloyd's of London's insurers to tell them to stop underwriting Burma's junta. DO THIS ACTION! And there seems to have been some sort of election recently. So we'll put up this instead of the McCain one: More »
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November 04, 2008

Blogging from Buddhaland #5

Rajgir & Vulture Peak October 26, 2008 [Click photos for a closer look.] The sunlight was barely discernible as we boarded the musty buses in Bodghaya for what became a six hour trip to Rajgir.  A bridge on the main road between the two cities, only 30 miles apart, was inexplicably closed and thus the Buddhist caravan of 11 buses needed to take a less direct route through small villages.  Aside from the pain of being bus-bound for so long, the trip was fascinating for its close-up views of village life, and for its lack of the thin strips of urban blight that line most larger highways.  The drivers skillfully averted slow moving bullock carts, or feckless goats wandering into the roadway.  Our journey seemed equally fascinating to the people we passed, many of whom found our invasion a little shocking.  The children just smiled and waved. Fields of wheat, rice, lentils, vegetables, and fruits took turns passing in and out of view.  The villages contained clusters of mud-plastered walls shaded by a few scrawny trees, set among patches of green or dun-colored plots, with colorful fabrics spread out to dry, oxcarts creaking by, cattle wandering about, and kids playing in puddles-- a vision of harmonious simplicity.  Even in the smallest of villages there were many little shops-- often duplicates of each other displaying the same hanging goods. More »
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November 04, 2008

Bomb Blasts kill one and injure at least 71 in Southern Thailand

Ignored by the world, violence rages in southern Thailand. More »
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November 04, 2008

Beijing "puzzled" by Dalai Lama's disappointment

The Dalai Lama is in Japan. More »
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November 04, 2008

The Joy of Voting

I got this email from frequent tricycle.com contributor Martha Henry that I thought I'd share: Voting & Hoping I voted early this morning at the Martin Luther King Elementary School in my neighborhood. There was a hand-printed sign on the door that said, “Bake Sale Today.” Inside, the sale was going on in the front lobby—cupcakes and Rice Krispies squares. Voting was in the hall to my right. The old woman with the cigarette voice asked, “Where do you live?” I gave her my address. She checked my name on the precinct list and handed me a ballot. I took it into one of the curtained booths, voted quickly with the special pen, then fed my vote to the machine by the exit. I was so giddy I wanted to high-five the guy guarding the machine, but restrained myself. More »
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November 04, 2008

Joko Beck in Prescott; Buddhists and Politics

Dogo Barry Graham and friends pay a visit to the great and venerable Charlotte Joko Beck. Burma arbitrarily jails more activists. Buddhists and politics: Does it even matter what American Buddhists think about politics?: By most counts, several times more people live in New York City than practice Buddhism nationwide. But then again who's counting? More »
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November 03, 2008

Dalai Lama will no longer comment on China-Tibet relations

Danny Fisher says the Dalai Lama is "semi-retiring." The DL also says he is losing faith: The Dalai Lama reiterated that he is losing faith in the peaceable talks he has long pursued with China over the status and future of Tibet. He signaled that he now holds a position of neutrality on the issue and will not comment further on China-Tibet relations. More »
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November 02, 2008

More Sad News from southern Thailand

A Buddhist family was targeted in the village of Narathiwat. With all the chaos in Bangkok, it's no wonder figuring out the mess in southern Thailand doesn't top the national agenda. More »
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October 30, 2008

Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International, interviewed in Tricycle

Tricycle was very lucky to get an interview with this very important international Buddhist figure and president of SGI, whose members, spread across the globe, number 12 million. The interview, conducted by contributing editor Clark Strand, is the first he's given to any American magazine. Read it here. [Photo © Seikyo Shimbun] More »
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October 30, 2008

Blogging from Buddhaland #4

Sujata's Village - Bodhgaya October 24 - 25 Bodhgaya is the most holy, best known, and undoubtedly the most dangerous stop on the Buddhist pilgrimage route in Bihar- the poorest state of India that takes its name from the Sanskrit word vihara, or Buddhist monastery. More »
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October 30, 2008

Talks resume between Dharamsala and Beijing: "Low Expectations"

Talks are resuming between envoys of the Dalai Lama and Beijing. So far from giving up, the Dalai Lama is soldiering on. He says, " “I have faith and trust in the Chinese people; however, my faith and trust in the Chinese government is diminishing." Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundaton is sponsoring a fusion of Western and Eastern healing at Beth Israel Hospital in New York: On Wednesday, Dr. Shulkin, who had never done yoga before, joined Ms. More »
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October 29, 2008

Killing the Buddha again

KtB is back! Plus the blog. More »
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October 29, 2008

Ken Wilber at Buddhist Geeks

Check out Ken Wilber's two-part talk with Buddhist Geeks. The BG's do a lot of great interviews, and you gotta love how they fit Ken Wilber into the uniform over there -- he just needs to flatten his glasses a bit: Thanks to Hokai at h~log for the heads-up. More »
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October 29, 2008

Office of Dalai Lama clarifies "giving up" remark

The office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered a statement clarifying his "giving up" remark. They say about what you would expect them to say, and it should provide comfort to many. Thanks to Danny Fisher as ever for the pointer. Have you checked out Buddhamania on Buddhaworld? It's cool, and it very appropriately gives props to the The Wost Horse. More »
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October 29, 2008

Buddhism and Politics

Beliefnet looks at Buddhism and politics: So American Buddhists aren't likely to become a political machine or a crucial swing vote any time soon. But as the religion born in the East carves its place in the West, many Buddhists are making a mark in U.S. politics, including this year's presidential race. A significant number of Buddhist immigrants who fled communist regimes in Southeast Asia tend to be politically conservative, which could help Republican candidate Sen. John McCain. But a solid majority of American Buddhists are converts, who tend to be liberal, and many back Democrat Barack Obama. You may have read about the troubles of the Cambodian temple in Long Beach, California. More »
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October 28, 2008

Don't give up

Danny Fisher has a follow-up post to the Dalai Lama's statement that he is "giving up" on gaining autonomy for Tibet within the People's Republic. Of the DL's comment, Nicholas Kristof of the Times writes, "I don’t take that with the tone of finality that some do. . ." And the entertaining and thoughtful Bhikkhu's Blog is back after a summer-long hiatus! What's happened in the world since June 13th, and why was Ajahn Punnadhammo gone for so long? Something to do with a cup of coffee and an "inexcusable lapse of mindfulness." More »
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October 28, 2008

Tricycle's Winter 2008 issue

Tricycle's Winter 2008 issue will hit your newsstands soon but you can read two of its articles now: Karma in Action We are what we do by Andrew Olendzki Peace on the Street A Harlem zendo fights to save lives by Joan Duncan Oliver. More »
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October 27, 2008

Buddhists for Obama

Spotted a couple of these around the web lately. Should have known The Worst Horse is to blame! Any Buddhists for McCain bumper stickers out there? More »
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October 27, 2008

The Dalai Lama says he has given up on autonomy for Tibet

Precious Metal reports: The Dalai Lama has given up on efforts to convince Beijing to grant greater autonomy for Tibet. James at The Buddhist Blog has an interesting post on gold scratched off Buddha statues in Burma. He asks the very reasonable question, Why are there gold Buddhas in Burma? (He also has a post on Intentional Chocolate, which is as good as he says!) More on the research behind Intentional Chocolate here. More »