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    Padmasambhava and the Felicity Scarf Paid Member

    There is a story told of Padmasambhava, the famous Indian teacher, who more than any other was responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet over twelve hundred years ago. It is said that the Tibetan king, who was not a Buddhist, deeply resented the reverence and honor the people were showing to the great Indian teacher Padmasambhava. Indeed, it seemed to him that the people revered Padmasambhava more than they did their own king! So the king decided to make sure that when the great teacher visited him, all the country's leaders would see this man, whom they honored so much, pay homage to their king. More »
  • Empathy or Compassion? Reflections on the Compassion Meditation Conference Paid Member

    Last week in Atlanta, Buddhist scholars and researchers in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience congregated alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Emory University’s Conference on Compassion Meditation.  The conference explored several of the many methods for constructively dealing with destructive emotions that Buddhism offers.  HHDL contended that these negativity-reducing methods could be practiced in a secular context by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. During the conference, participants from different fields presented convincing research demonstrating the benefits of compassion meditation among a variety of non-Buddhist populations. More »
  • The Rebel Buddha Book Tour, coming to a town near to you! Paid Member

    Get ready for the Rebel Buddha Book Tour! Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's new book is the biggest Buddhist book in a long time. The official publication date is November 9th, 2010, but we were lucky enough to receive a shiny new copy in our office today. We'll be covering Rebel Buddha in the Tricycle Book Club at tricycle.com in November, and you can also catch the author in his various stops around the country on the Book Tour, in which Rinpoche will be joined by other western Buddhist figures in a panel discussion. The tour kicks off on November 14 in New York, N.Y. at the Cooper Union's Great Hall. The tour will continue on to Halifax, Toronto and Boulder and will conclude in Seattle. More »
  • Don't ponder others Paid Member

    Every Friday, Acharya Judy Lief, a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, comments on one of Atisha’s 59 mind-training (Tib. lojong) slogans, which serve as the basis for a complete practice. Atisha (980-1052 CE) was an Indian adept who brought to Tibet a systematized approach to bodhicitta (the desire to awaken for the sake of all sentient beings) and loving-kindness, through working with these slogans. Judy edited Chogyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind (Shambhala, 1993), which contains Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentaries on the lojong teachings. Each entry includes a practice. See the previous slogans and commentaries here. 26. Don’t ponder others. From Acharya Lief's commentary on this slogan, More »
  • Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Robert Thurman at Tibet House Paid Member

    In New York City on November 5th at Tibet House, Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein, Vipassana teacher Sharon Salzberg, and Tibetan scholar Robert Thurman will come together for a discussion called "The Healing Power of Awareness." You can read about it (and buy tickets for $25) here. From Tibethouse.us: More »
  • 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 »