Dalai Lama

  • The Biggest Book in the World Paid Member

    If you spent your summer rifling through cheap paperbacks and you're ready for something more substantial here's a recommendation: the biggest book in the world. Measuring 5 x 7 feet and weighing 133 pounds, The Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom is officially recognized as the largest book in the world by Guinness World Records. Created by Michael Hawley and composed of gigantic photographs of Bhutan, the book is printed only on demand and it takes a roll of paper longer than a football field, more than a gallon of ink, and 24 hours of press time to produce a single copy. More »
  • The Pursuit of Happiness Project Paid Member

    This October, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist leaders will gather in Atlanta, Georgia to participate in Emory University's Pursuit of Happiness Project. Hosted by Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion, the conference marks the fifth year of a project in which 18 senior fellows studied the traditional teachings of happiness versus scientific understanding of what happiness is. From the Pursuit of Happiness website: More »
  • The Monk's Tale: A Paris Review interview Paid Member

    Earlier this year, William Dalrymple of the The Paris Review interviewed Tibetan monk Tashi Passang: INTERVIEWER Can one be both a monk and a resistance fighter? TASHI PASSANG Once you have been a monk, it is very difficult to kill a man. But sometimes it can be your duty to do so. I knew that if I stayed in a monastery under the Chinese there was no point in being a monk. They wouldn’t let me practice my religion. So, to protect the ways of the Lord Buddha, the Buddhist dharma, I decided to fight. INTERVIEWER Isn’t nonviolence an essential aspect of being a monk? PASSANG Yes, nonviolence is the essence of the dharma. This is especially true for a monk. The most important thing is to love each and every sentient being. More »
  • Dalai Lama acknowledges independence movement growing stronger Paid Member

    The Dalai Lama has acknowledged that demands for outright independence for Tibet from China are growing stronger. The longer the situation remains unaddressed, he says, the likelier it is this trend will only continue, especially among young Tibetans. Sify News reports: Answering questions from his Chinese followers on Twitter, which he joined last month, the Dalai Lama said: "There are forces within our community such as the Tibetan Youth Congress who criticize our Middle Way policy and demand complete independence [for Tibet]. It seems their voices are growing stronger [these days]." More »
  • No Dalai Lama iPhone apps in China iTunes store Paid Member

    Looking for a Dalai Lama app in China? You're not going to find it. The Chinese government's obsessive aversion to the Dalai Lama, whom it considers a "splittist" and a “devil with a human face," has now hit iTunes stores: According to Wringer World, Apple has barred access to Dalai Lama apps in China: At least five iPhone apps related to the Dalai Lama are unavailable in the China store. Some of those apps — named Dalai Quotes, Dalai Lama Quotes and Dalai Lama Prayerwheel — display inspirational quotes from the Tibetan spiritual leader. Another, Paging Dalai Lama, tells users where he is currently teaching. A fifth app, Nobel Laureates, contains information about Nobel Prize winners including the Dalai Lama. More »