Tibetan Buddhism

  • Vision and Routine lead to Awakening Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma, "The key to development along the Buddhist path is repetitive routine guided by inspirational vision. It is the insight into final freedom—the peace and purity of a liberated mind—that uplifts us and impels us to overcome our limits. But it is by repetition—the methodical cultivation of wholesome practices—that we cover the distance separating us from the goal and draw ever closer to awakening." -Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, "Vision and Routine" (Summer 2010) Read the complete article here. Artwork by Shinichi Maruyama More »
  • India denies Karmapa visit to US Paid Member

    Denied permission to travel to Europe earlier this year, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa and most prominent member of the Kagyu lineage, has again faced travel restrictions. If all had gone well, he'd have arrived in New York this week but was denied an exit visa in what appears to be a concession to Chinese interests. The India Times reports: "The Karmapa was scheduled to attend prayer sessions being organized by Karma Triyana Dharamchakra center in Woodstock in New York that began yesterday (Wednesday), but Indian authorities refused to grant him permission to visit there," Gompa Tsering, Karmapa's secretary, said. More »
  • Is it ok to say "the West"? Paid Member

    Editor-at-Large Andrew Cooper stopped by for a visit yesterday—quite a change from the Pacific Northwest, where he lives. The heat and rain are very familiar to him, though. He hails from the New York metro area. Still, he may miss the cool breezes off Puget Sound. Andy, web editor Phil Ryan and I got to talking (Phil was not distracted by the Shady Buddha during this meeting), and Phil noted that every time we use the term "Western Buddhism"—or even just "the West"—some people object. These comments have been helpful, forcing us to examine our use of the term. More »
  • Are Tibetans superhuman? Paid Member

    How is it that Tibetans thrive at 13,000 feet, where those of us born closer to sea level get sick? Scientists now think that Tibetans have evolved while most of the rest of us have stood still: Recent research shows that Tibetans, who have lived isolated in these high altitudes for thousands of years, enjoy a genetic variation that keeps their hemoglobin levels in a normal range. A variation of EPAS1, a gene that is sometimes associated with increased athleticism, causes an enzymatic change in the way oxygen binds to blood and is transported around the body. Compared to lowland Chinese, Tibetans thrive in high altitude—they do not suffer from chronic altitude sickness and their children are born with normal weight. More »
  • Spanish soccer star Puyol takes keen interest in Buddhism Paid Member

    Spanish striker Carles Puyol has a keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism, according to phayul.com. The soccer star, who plays for Barcelona, met the Dalai Lama when His Holiness visited that city. With Spain's World Cup victory yesterday, we can expect Puyol to be in the news in coming weeks, and no doubt we'll learn more. Puyol's friend Ven. Wangchen told the Voice of America that "Puyol's interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism started after reading Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which helped him deal with death of a family member." Wangchen adds that Puyol "has a Tibetan tattoo on his left arm which reads 'Power is inside the Mind. More »