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    Burned any good books lately? Paid Member

    The Tibet Connection, and English-language radio show, airs the last Friday of each month from Los Angeles, but you can also stream it live at kpfk.org. You can listen to the most recent show (August 31, 2007, featuring Robert Thurman, among others) here. The next show will be September 28th at 2 pm Pacific time. Banned Book Week is September 29-October 6, 2007. Learn more about it from the American Library Association. More »
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    "Only what happens is possible." - Franz Kafka More »
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    Free Aung San Suu Kyi! Paid Member

    This great little item has been making the rounds lately: Jim Carrey's Burma video. Good work, Jim! Love the long hair, too. Here's the U.S. Campaign for Burma site. The government of Myanmar is one of the most brutal in the world. Promising signs, though, as this astonishing protest showed. The BBC's profile of Aung San Suu Kyi here. Update: Buddhist monks join pro-democracy protests in Myanmar. More »
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    Navel Gazers & Firebrands Paid Member

    Ajahn Punnadhammo asks: "Is there a doctrinal aspect of Buddhism that hinders action in the world?" In his most recent post, the Theravada monk goes on to offer an answer of his own: Possibly. There is the underlying sense that this conditioned realm is inherently flawed and will always be so. However, there is also a very great emphasis on compassion for all beings caught in it. And there are plenty of scriptural references to the Buddha advising on how to live a comfortable and decent life within this world, and even commenting on what we would relate to as social or political questions. The ajahn's post was inspired by Bhikkhu Bodhi's article appearing in the current issue of Buddhadharma, published by the Shambhala Sun, the Canadian bimonthly founded by the late Chogyam Trungpa Rincpoche. More »
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    If you're looking for info on Nepal you can't do much better than Mikel Dunham's blog. Frequent updates, in-depth articles, great photos, and even info for tourists planning to visit the country -- for Nepaloholics, this site has it all. More »
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    Painkillers, IPU, India - China - Japan - Burma Paid Member

    Many people live with chronic pain with no hope of relief. But others have apparently had better luck relieving their suffering. Some notes on Vicodin and that family of painkillers from the AP: More than 200,000 pounds of codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and meperidine were purchased at retail stores during 2005, the most recent year represented in the data. That is enough to give more than 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in America. I don't really know how much 300 milligrams is in terms of painkillers per person, but it sounds like a lot. I think the average dose is around 5 or 10 milligrams? No word on whether Rush Limbaugh was included in the counting. If so that might explain why the figures skew so high. More »