Tibetan Buddhism

  • Dalai Lama donates $50,000 to Wisconsin research center Paid Member

    Today's New York Times announced the Dalai Lama's generous financial gift to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, a research institute in Madison, Wisconsin: The Tibetan spiritual leader recently announced plans to donate $50,000 to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at Madison, a new research lab founded by Dr. Davidson, which is studying whether meditation can promote compassion and kindness. 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 »
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    The Power of an Open Question - Open to Life Paid Member

    Life is full. In fact, life is so touching, curious, sad, exciting, scary, and bittersweet it's almost unbearable at times. But as human beings, we need to ask ourselves: "Must we turn away from life's fullness?" To turn or not to turn—to stay open—this is the question. And this kind of questioning takes us deep into the heart of personal inquiry and shows us how to fully embrace our humanity. - Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question More »
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    The Power of an Open Question - Bearing Witness Paid Member

    On National Public Radio I heard a woman talk about her experience with her daughter, a heroin addict who lived on the street. She tried taking her to rehab, talking to her, intervening in various ways, but to no avail. Finally, this courageous woman came to accept her daughter's situation. And rather than trying to rehabilitate or change her, she just went and sat with her daughter in the park—she started to bear witness to the truth of her daughter's predicament. In one way, her story as she told it remained unresolved. She was unable to fix it. And yet, as a listener, I could feel the bravery and clarity that came away from this woman's ability to work with her situation in a healing way. - Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question More »
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    The Power of an Open Question - Agree to be Real Paid Member

    The most insidious agreement that we make is that things are real, that we are real, and that the push and pull we have with the world of things is real, too. It is not only an agreement we have with others, it is the deep unspoken agreement we have with ourselves. In our quest for security we have decided to find ground in a world that is never fixed and always open to interpretation. We can say this decision is not completely conscious—but it is a decision, nonetheless. - Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question More »
  • Massive Rally in Support of Karmapa to Take Place Sunday Paid Member

    When Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two lamas recognized as the 17th Karmapa, escaped from the Chinese in 2000 he was granted asylum in India.  However, due to pressure from the Chinese government, the Indian government quickly put him under close watch and put heavy restrictions on his ability to travel.  This week, as the Karmapa is giving teachings in Dharamsala, a huge rally in Sikkim is being organized by his supporters to put pressure on the Indian government to lift these travel restrictions so that he can return to his home monastery Rumtek, which is in Sikkim.  For more information on the rally, please visit www.karmapatorumtek.org More »