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    Thailand Yanks the Economist; A Pattern Language Paid Member

    The Economist is yanked from Thai newsstands for running a story critical of the monarchy. Can we build a beautiful world? Christopher Alexander, author of the groundreaking A Pattern Language, thinks so. More »
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    Talks resume between Dharamsala and Beijing: "Low Expectations" Paid Member

    Talks are resuming between envoys of the Dalai Lama and Beijing. So far from giving up, the Dalai Lama is soldiering on. He says, " “I have faith and trust in the Chinese people; however, my faith and trust in the Chinese government is diminishing." Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundaton is sponsoring a fusion of Western and Eastern healing at Beth Israel Hospital in New York: On Wednesday, Dr. Shulkin, who had never done yoga before, joined Ms. More »
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    Dalai Lama Undergoes Medical Check-up (Updated) Paid Member

    His doctors say: "There's nothing wrong." UPDATE: Dalai Lama hospitalized for abdominal pains and may undergo surgery tomorrow. 1.2 million Buddhists are expected converge on Nagpur in central India to commemorate Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din, Dr. Ambedkar's  conversion of thousands of dalits to Buddhism on October 14th, 1956. Harvard professor Anne Harrington discusses the relationship between Buddhism and the brain sciences. Click here to watch. More »
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    What will the 21st century taste like? Paid Member

    According to Momofuku chef David Chang, it will taste like veggies: At the table, this means our plates will be heavier on grains and greens, and meat will shift from the center of the dish to a supporting role--the role it's played throughout history in most of the world's cuisines. More »
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    Monks in Korea Stick up for Disgraced Scientist Paid Member

    But why? South Korea's Buddhist monks have urged the government to allow disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk to continue his stem cell research. "It is deplorable that research by Hwang Woo-suk and his team is suppressed unreasonably," the monks said in a resolution. "The government should approve the research in order to save a greater soul." The resolution came ahead of the Health Ministry's decision Saturday over whether to approve Hwang's request to restart his work. Hwang, once considered a national hero, has been on trial for alleged fraud and violation of bioethics laws after his team was found in January 2006 to have fabricated results to claim success in his study. More »
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    From Salon Paid Member

    Andy Cooper flagged two Salon articles that may be of interest. Dalai Lama's time bomb ponders the Dalai Lama's policy of nonviolent activism in the face of widespread frustration among many Tibetans. And physicist/theologian Karl Giberson asks science and religion, Can't we just all get along? More »