Politics

  • Thousands of Tibetan students protest China's plan to use only Mandarin in Tibetan schools Paid Member

    Thousands of Tibetan students in western China are protesting against a proposed plan to eliminate or curb the use of Tibetan in schools. The plan advocates switching to Mandarin, China's official language. Via the New York Times: The protests are among the largest in Tibetan areas since the March 2008 uprising that began in Lhasa and spread across the Tibetan plateau. But unlike those protests, these have been peaceful and have involved mostly students. A protest against the proposed policies was also held in Beijing on Friday afternoon, drawing hundreds of Tibetan students at a prominent university that specializes in teaching ethnic minorities, according to witness reports and photographs. More »
  • Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners Part 2: History and Authority Paid Member

    At the Tricycle Community, we're hosting a discussion on Andrew Cooper's Tricycle article "History and Authority." (This was the working title of the article that was published as "What the Buddha Taught?") We've posted quite a few controversial articles in our day, and this one really hits a lot of key points to make the serious practitioner think about his or her tradition. Cooper writes that though we tend to think of religions being eternal and unchanging, the opposite is true: More »
  • Christine O'Donnell "dabbled" in Buddhism Paid Member

    These days it seems that there isn't much that Christine O'Donnell hasn't "dabbled" in. Now we can add Buddhism to the list of spiritual practices that O'Donnell experimented with before becoming a Christian. In a newly released clip taken from a July 1999 taping of Bill Maher's show, the current Tea Party candidate for Delware's senate seat mentions her passing interest in Buddhism, as well as her inability to commit to becoming a Hare Krishna because of her love for meatballs: O’Donnell: I was dabbling into every other kind of religion before I became a Christian… Maher: You were a witch. O’Donnell: I was. I was… Maher: You were. More »
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    Buddhist monks banned from voting in elections Paid Member

    Bhutan has banned Buddhist and Hindu clergy from voting in the nation's upcoming elections. The rule is part of a continuing effort to separate religion from politics. From the BeliefNet report: Officials in Buddhist-majority Bhutan have barred Hindu and Buddhist clergy from voting in upcoming elections in order to keep a clear distinction between religion and politics. The landlocked Himalayan nation considers Mahayana Buddhism the state religion and funds a large monastic community, but also requires religion to be above politics. The country's regulatory authority on religious organizations is now busy identifying Buddhist and Hindu clergy who should be barred from voting. More »
  • The New Yorker Profiles The Dalai Lama Paid Member

    The current issue of The New Yorker features a lengthy profile of the Dalai Lama entitled "The Next Incarnation," written by Evan Osnos. After listening to a podcast with Osnos in which he talks about the piece and what it was like to meet the Dalai Lama, I had to go out and find a copy of the magazine so that I could read it (the online article is available only to subscribers). It's a solid profile overall and it concisely describes the Dalai Lama's current relationship with China. Osnos also does a good job of painting a picture of what Tibet looks like today. More »
  • Photos from the Karmapa to Rumtek Rally Paid Member

    Yesterday in Sikkim over 50,000 people gathered to put pressure on the Indian government to lift the travel restrictions that have been placed on Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two lamas recognized as the 17th Karmapa, so that he may return to his home at Rumtek Monastery. Here are some photos from the event, via www.karmapatorumtek.org, a statement from the Karmapa Reception Committee, More »