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    Kagyu Monlam Chenmo; Sri Lankan editor killed Paid Member

    Barbara O'Brien has a post on the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo underway in Bodh Gaya, the patch of earth in India where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. The 17th Karmapa presides. (Recall that there is something of a Karmapa controversy.) The festival runs from January 4th to 11th: More »
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    American Dreaming; Lama Zopa Rinpoche Paid Member

    In a recent column in The Nation, Patricia Williams comments on the front page of the December 8th New York Times, which features a photograph of Detroit churchgoers praying to three gleaming white SUVs in hopes that the auto industry might be saved. While these parishioners undoubtedly provoked haughty disbelief over no small number of breakfasts—a delighted bit of disdain at such base veneration for a "once-golden, now dried-up cash cow," as Williams puts it—what does it say of the Times and the national appetite that the piece made for headline news? Following an election played out on CNN by Joe the Plumber and "the black vote," as Wolf Blitzer would have it, it's important that we pay skeptical attention to the ways we personify the economic crisis. More »
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    Right Livelihood Award laureates announced; Amy Goodman among them Paid Member

    The Nobel Prize, for all the much-deserved attention it draws to innovative and important people (HH The Dalai Lama among them), has attracted criticism for its selection process—individuals are chosen by predetermined panels, ruling out less-famous potential candidates. In 1980, Jakob von Uexkull founded the Right Livelihood Award, which has come to be known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." Unlike the Nobel, the award accepts nominations from anybody. This year's recipients were just announced, and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is one of them. She interviewed two of the other three recipients on yesterday's show. Check out the Right Livelihood website to read more about Goodman and the other three laureates. More »
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    Another 9/11? Let's hope not. Paid Member

    Although the media insists on comparing last week's terrorist assaults in Mumbai to 9/11, India's government has (so far) thankfully resisted pressure to react with the misinformed and excessive force that has characterized the U.S.'s post-9/11 war efforts. In an Op-Ed piece for today's New York Times, the Indian-Bengali author Amitav Ghosh explains that the Mumbai invasion is closer to the 2004 Madrid train bombings than it is to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and makes a wise and sensitive argument for a patient response. More »
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    Congressional Buddhists Paid Member

    More Buddhist news this political season: Barbara O'Brien at About.com notes two Buddhists were re-elected to Congress! And The Buddhist Channel has unsurprising news that repression continues in Tibet and access for foreign journalists is blocked. Tensions heat up between Burma and Bangladesh over natural gas exploration in the Bay of Bengal. Burma has ominously positioned four warships off its coast. Danny Fisher noted the early signs of this a few days back. More »
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    Politics not as usual Paid Member

    The prez-elect gets some good advice in an open letter to Barack Obama from Alice Walker: A good model of how to "work with the enemy" internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet. Tyentte Deveaux on Shambhala Sun Space writes that Obama's election is a good sign for Tibetans too (despite the Dalai Lama's apparent disappointment with Beijing). And Konchog a More »