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    Tibetan region focus of Indian-Chinese border dispute Paid Member

    Trade is flourishing between India and China—and so is the rivalry. The neighbors share many miles of frontier, and much of the border is in dispute. They also disagree over Tibet. India hosts the Dalai Lama's government. China calls him a "splittist" intent on breaking up the People's Republic. These two issues have come to a head in the town of Kawang Tawang, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. The region is currently controlled by India, but China claims it. Indian soldiers and Tibetan monks walk side by side through the streets of the town. Chinese troops watch the situation from just a few miles away. Neither side wants to fight, but both want the disputed zone: More »
  • Survival of the Kindest Paid Member

    Loving-kindness guru Sharon Salzberg points us via Twitter to an Ode article about Italian psychotherapist Piero Ferrucci, who tells us that happiness and freedom start with being kind: The most sensible way to look after our own self-interest, to find freedom and be happy, is not to directly pursue these things but to give priority to the interests of others. Help others to become free of their fear and pain. Contribute to their happiness. It’s all really very simple. You don’t have to choose between being kind to yourself and others. It’s one and the same. And in his book Survival of the Kindest, Ferrucci writes: People who are suffering don’t need advice, diagnoses, interpretations and interventions. They need sincere and complete empathy—attention. More »
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    Religion or philosophy redux: Are we humans innately religious? Paid Member

    An earlier post ("Is Buddhism a Religion? The Question that Won't Go Away") garnered plenty of comments. And it turns out it's true that the question won't go away. The discussion shows no signs of ending, here or on our Facebook page, and has prompted Editor-at-Large Andrew Cooper to remind me of one "Letters to the Editor" section that appeared many issues—and several years—back. In it, a reader objects to Cooper's assertion that Buddhism is indeed a religion, and that we are "inescapably religious" creatures. It's a good give-and-take, and you can read it here. More »
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    Food for enlightenment: You are what you cook Paid Member

    Can some foods or a certain style of cooking aid you on your path to enlightenment? Consider shojin ryori, or, as the Honolulu Star Bulletin has it, "vegan Buddhist fare": Shojin Ryori embodies the concept of food and cooking that sustain the body in working toward enlightenment. On the menu: hijiki and soba salad, roll cabbage with tofu, nishime, chirashi and Hawaiian-style coconut curry with vegetables. More »
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    China & Tibet in happier times Paid Member

    China and Tibet have a very long history together (take a look here) but it hasn't always been so inharmonious. For instance, the artistic synergy between the two peoples has been impressive, and a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art proves it: As each tradition interacted with the other, Chinese painters took from their Tibetan counterparts a fearlessness in use of color and composition, pushing at the boundaries of their more reserved styles," Scheier-Dolberg said. More »
  • What do Buddhists Believe? Paid Member

    Good question. And the answer will depend on who you ask. Is there a set of beliefs that all Buddhists share? I'm sure there's no definitive answer, but here's one noble credo that attempts to make it clear: This I believe: That phenomena do not have any kind of demonstrable, intrinsic existence. That anything that is the composite sum of other parts is, logically, impermanent. That suffering is a given in any form of existence where confusion and ignorance are present. That when confusion and ignorance have been definitively eliminated, and goodness, caring, and wisdom have entirely taken their place, that is true happiness. Click here for the entire article. More »