Dalai Lama

  • Pico Iyer on Tibet's Quiet Revolution Paid Member

    Pico Iyer writes on the Dalai Lama and Tibet's "quiet revolution" in a blogpost for the New York Review of Books: More »
  • Dalai Lama steps down from position as Tibet's political leader Paid Member

    Today, on the 52nd anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama announced that he was formally relinquishing his role as political leader of the Tibetan exile government. The announcement, delivered in Dharamshala, India, has been understood as a move to strengthen the democratic structure of the Tibetan political movement as a new generation of Tibetan leaders emerges. From The New York Times: For years, the Tibetan spiritual leader has spoken of his desire to cede political authority, or “retire” as he sometimes put it. But in Thursday’s speech, the Dalai Lama made it official, announcing that he would propose the change during the session of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile that begins next week in Dharamsala, India. More »
  • Buddha on the Battlefield Paid Member

    Barack Obama's decision to double down on the war in Afghanistan has its supporters and detractors, but that we are largely insulated from the war's realities is indisputable. Differing from the Vietnam era—and in spite of the glut of information new technologies have made possible—images of the war and detailed and open discussion of its consequences are scarce in the mainstream media. You don't hear our representatives even discussing it much or at all when it comes to stretched budgets. And since the Democrats took power, open opposition has dropped off, as many moderates and liberals are afraid of "hurting Obama." I've discovered that many people are surprised when they learn that the U.S. has used phosphorous and cluster bombs in Afghanistan. We are preoccupied with other things, and the war is weakly reported. That we are poorly informed is understandable, but is it excusable? More »
  • Videos: The Dalai Lama on Blind Faith, Marxism, and Worrying Paid Member

    These videos of the Dalai Lama teaching in Sikkim were just uploaded to YouTube. I am not sure when they were filmed. via TaraOmBuddhaful, More »
  • Dalai Lama to chair Peacemaking Summit in Newark, New Jersey Paid Member

    Yesterday afternoon the philanthropist Drew Katz, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman announced The Newark Peace Education Summit, a 3-day peacemaking summit hosted by the city of Newark in May. The event is co-sponsered by the Drew A. Katz Foundation and Tibet House US. According to the event press release, the summit will be attended by Nobel laureates, civic leaders, organizations, scholars, and activists from all over the world and will include workships and discussion panels that will focus on peace and nonviolence. The Dalai Lama will attend the summit as a chair and keynote speaker at the event. From the Drew A. Katz Foundation's website: More »
  • Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk, visits Tricycle Paid Member

    Losang Samten, a Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk, braved the snow and cold to visit the Tricycle office today. Samten--who was born in Tibet but fled to India after the Chinese took control in 1959--is spiritual director of Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia; Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut ; and Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso,Texas. In addition to serving as spiritual director, Samten is an accomplished sand painter. In 1988, Samten came to the US as instructed by the Dalai Lama, to demonstrate the meditative art of sand painting (see two of his sand mandalas below). This was the first time a Tibetan mandala was shown in the west. Since then, he has created sand mandalas for museums and universities across the country. More »