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    Many faiths, one truth Paid Member

    Today's New York Times featured an op-ed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has just completed a 10-day teaching tour in the US. In "Many Faiths, One Truth," the Dalai Lama speaks of the need to find common ground among world religions in order to bridge divisions and create a peaceful and harmonious global society. His Holiness reminds us that intolerance continues to plague religious, political, and social institutions--especially as globalization beings us into contact with cultures and traditions different than our own: Though intolerance may be as old as religion itself, we still see vigorous signs of its virulence. In Europe, there are intense debates about newcomers wearing veils or wanting to erect minarets and episodes of violence against Muslim immigrants. Radical atheists issue blanket condemnations of those who hold to religious beliefs. More »
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    His Holiness on Twitter Paid Member

    Guess who's on Twitter? On Friday the Associated Press broke a story about a rare Q&A between the Dalai Lama and members of the Chinese public via Twitter. Wang Lixiong, a Chinese writer who converted to Buddhism facilitated the conversation, hosted the give and take. Although Twitter is banned by Chinese officials, Chinese nationals can find ways around these government controls. By Friday night Wang’s feed had over 8,000 followers. Perhaps, as Wang believes, this might signal a coming era of improved communications between the Dalai Lama and China. More »
  • The Dalai Lama and Open Space Paid Member

    As you’re probably all well aware by now, the Dalai Lama was in NYC last week speaking to a packed house at Radio City Music Hall. Since I was fortunate enough to attend on Thursday and Friday, I thought I might share some of my thoughts and impressions from those talks. I should preface this post by admitting that I’ve always had a hard time with authority figures, especially religious authority figures. So, for me, the Dalai Lama’s entrance was distracting. Dramatic music started playing overhead. A woman behind me started loudly weeping. I was prepared to sit through this, uncomfortably. Of course, then the Dalai Lama didn’t do what he doesn’t do best: he didn’t take himself too seriously. He lightened the mood. He put on a red visor, smiled at everybody and began to speak. “There are six billion people in this world with great intelligence. We should use our intelligence to bring more joy and happiness, not suffering and sadness.” Oh that Dalai Lama, always transcending cultural bounds with ease. It’s these moments when you can understand why so many humans are attracted to this man. He seems boundless. Which brings me to my favorite topic that he discussed (after ditching the English language to speak about finer philosophical points in Tibetan)—the concept of emptiness as open space. [Side thought: Can things get lost in translation when they come from an enlightened mind?] While exploring Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta, the Dalai Lama said that we should think about emptiness as open space. When we try to find the essence of anything and instead find it to be empty, we should regard that discovery as having no bounds. Insight into emptiness will open space in our minds, allowing us to move about and act freely. More »
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    A very important reminder Paid Member

    Tricycle's Frank Olinsky sends us what he tells us is an important reminder (a pic he took at a newsstand security gate in Brooklyn, where he himself is alive): More »
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    Dalai Lama on Today Show Paid Member

    Here's NBC anchor Ann Curry's interview with the Dalai Lama on the Today Show on Friday. How to deal economic distress, oil spills and war? More »
  • Organic architecture in Ladakh, India Paid Member

    The monastery photo from yesterday’s blog post on Bhutan made me think back on my trip through Ladakh, India a couple of years ago. I went with a friend who was involved with Himalayan Health Exchange, a health care service program that works in medically under-served Himalayan communities. I was so moved by the architecture in Ladakh—it felt so organic, in harmony with the landscape. Here’s a couple photos from that trip and some journal scribbling. Behind the main range of the Himalaya in northwest India, secluded in the south of Ladakh, the mountains of Zangskar rest on a morning blue backdrop. I’m walking through a wide river valley with massive dry, brown peaks calling my attention. The open sky and jagged rock mountains fit together perfectly. When will I be perfect? More »