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    64 years ago today Paid Member

    64 years ago today the crew of the B-29 Superfortress bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb, code-named "Little Boy," onto Hiroshima, Japan. This action has come to stand for the horror of war and the deliberate killing of civilians (of which this was not an isolated instance, but it was a new way to do it) and continues to cast a long shadow over the entire world, telling every man, woman, and child: You are not safe. You can be killed at any time, without warning, without reason. This has always been true, but Hiroshima brought it home to the most comfortable, the most secure, the most secluded. Death is at your elbow. Live your life now, in this moment. More »
  • Growing support for Tibet in China Paid Member

    According to a report by the Associated Press, there is growing support for Tibet in China. Speaking today of the estimated 4,000 Tibetans imprisoned in the wake of last year's anti-Chinese riots in Lhasa, the Dalai Lama, quoted in the report, claims that sympathy for Tibet is growing: "Many Chinese are showing solidarity with us," the Dalai Lama said in a hockey arena in Lausanne, where he was giving two days of public teachings on Buddhism to up to 6,000 spectators. More »
  • Sharon Salzberg turns up on Daily Kos Paid Member

    Daily Kos diarist "Geenius at Wrok" has an affinity for vipassana meditation, and today writes at some length on his introduction to Sharon Salzberg's teachings on metta (loving-kindness) practice. GaW even manages to send good thoughts to Sen. Chuck Grassley (überR-Iowa, pictured here)—no mean feat for a Daily Kos diarist. He also adds a political touch of his own, though, which some may consider cheating: May you be free of pain and sorrow. May you also help end needless pain and sorrow caused by pvt health ins. More »
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    Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do? Paid Member

    Tricycle editor & publisher James Shaheen has a blog post up over at The Huffington Post. You'll have to go there to read the whole thing, but here's a taste: A lot of people ask me what the "Buddhist take" on gay marriage is. Well, it depends on who you talk to. A few years back, in an interview with the CBC, the Dalai Lama rejected same-sex relationships to the surprise of many convert Buddhists, who sometimes too easily assume that Buddhist ethics are consistent with their typically progressive views. As the Canadian interview bounced around the internet, some people were shocked and perplexed, but the Dalai Lama's position shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the issue. More »
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    Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change Paid Member

    In anticipation of the December 2009 U.N. Climate Treaty Conference in Copenhagen, several prominent Buddhists have drafted a document in support of environmental action from a "pan-Buddhist" perspective. The Time to Act is Now, as the declaration is called, was initiated by over 20 Buddhist teachers from a diversity of traditions who contributed to a recently published collection entitled A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. (The Summer 2009 issue of Tricycle, which will hit newsstands next week, includes an essay from the book by Joseph Goldstein on taking the first steps as an environmental advocate.) Authored by Zen teacher Dr. David Tetsuun Loy and senior Theravadin teacher Ven. More »
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    In Vesak Message, Vatican Praises Buddhism Paid Member

    Buddhism and Christianity share a respect for poverty, the Vatican says in a Vesak message to the world's Buddhists. There are two kinds of poverty, according to the Vatican: While very different, there are two types of poverty, the message said. One is a poverty that can be chosen in the form of emptying oneself in order to listen to and be more open to God and other people, the message said. The other kind of poverty is a material deprivation that "prevents people and families from living as befits their dignity," it said. The Vatican also praised Buddhism's nonattachemnt, contentment, and anti-consumerism in this materialistic world. But the Dalai Lama is sill not invited to meet Benedict XV!. More »