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  • Whose Buddhism is Truest? No one’s—and everyone’s, it turns out. Paid Member

    This is just what we hoped for: Buddhist bloggers picking up on Linda Heuman's article on the discovery of long-lost Gandharan scrolls and its ideas getting around and having an impact. This post from American Buddhist Perspective is informed, thorough, and has a very positive discussion.Justin Whitaker writes: More »
  • Building the Buddha's Birthplace Paid Member

    People around the world are celebrating Vesak this month (the exact date of the holiday varies according to different calendars used in different countries and traditions), which honors the life of the Buddha. Even though the holiday encompasses the birth, enlightenment, and death of Siddhartha Gautama, many people celebrate it as the Buddha's birthday. More »
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    Geronimo Paid Member

    Osama bin Laden's code name during the recent operation designed to kill him was "Geronimo." There is a history of cheeky code names that our elite forces use in their operations. President Obama's secret service code name, for example, is (or was) "Renegade." Fidel Castro was "AMTHUG" to the CIA during the various, often whimsical schemes to kill him. (AM was the code name for Cuba.) The list goes on. NPR reports that some Native American groups were offended by the use of Geronimo's name in connection with Osama bin Laden—or in connection with the operation in which he was killed—but in their respective times each occupied the role of boogeyman in the American imagination. Che Guevara is another figure who briefly filled this role. More »
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    Madame Nhu passes away Paid Member

    Madame Nhu has died. The sister-in-law of former South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem, Madame Nhu has been called many colorful and uncomplimentary epithets—"dragon lady," "an oriental Lucrezia Borgia"—because of the influence she wielded and the style with which she did it. (Somehow men being powerful or power-hungry is not so reprehensible.) Raised Buddhist, she converted to Catholicism when she married. Her exile was spent largely in Paris then Rome. She is survived by two sons and a daughter. Madame Nhu was famous for her colorful sayings, such as "Total power is totally wonderful," and, of the self-immolating monk Quang Duc, "If the Buddhists wish to have another barbecue, I will be glad to supply the gasoline and a match." More »
  • Sangye Gyatso and China's Long Memory Paid Member

    A week ago, Professor Robert Barnett wrote for the New York Review of Books, explaining some history to those curious why China is so sensitive to news of the 14th Dalai Lama's planned retirement—news that recently upset many Tibetans. He traces the cause back to the Fifth Dalai Lama, the first to hold temporal power, bestowed, as is well known, by the Mongol Khan (who, I think, was a follower of the Sakya school, not the Gelugs.) In the Fifth Dalai Lama's declining years, the new and ambitious Qing Dynasty claimed sovereignty over Tibet (and many other areas thousands of miles from their capital of Shenyang and later Beijing.) More »
  • Zen Sinners, Zen Saints: Tricycle Responds Paid Member

    The longtime Zen practitioner and writer Stuart Lachs recently criticized Tricycle for what he considers the magazine’s participation in the long tradition of Zen hagiography (see “When the Saints Go Marching In”). To support his argument, Lachs cites two articles Tricycle published, “Down East Roshi” (2009), about Walter Nowick, and “The Wanderer” (2008), an excerpt from Sheng Yen’s autobiography, Footprints in the Snow. More »