Dalai Lama

  • FB Page for Buddhist members of the military Paid Member

    A few days ago I reported that the Dalai Lama had sent his good wishes on Armed Forces Day to the UK's men and women serving in the military. Some took that report to be implicitly critical. It wasn't. If you want to read the Dalai Lama's entire statement, the Buddhist Military Sangha has posted it here. I also came across at an invitation to join a new Facebook group for Buddhist members of the Armed Forces at the BMS site. The page was set up by USMC LCpl Luke Jamison. If you are a Buddhist member of the military, you can join here. A few years back, an American soldier at Abu Ghraib wrote us asking for support in his practice. More »
  • The man who would be king Paid Member

    What does the 17-year-old descendant of Tibetan royalty do during a visit to New York? In "The King and Us," New York Times journalist Dorothy Spears recounts her experience hosting Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen—the descendant of three ruling monarchs of Tibet—at her Manhattan home. More »
  • Buddhism & Science: How the dialogue might go deeper—or where it might end Paid Member

    After all the discussion of science and Buddhism in my last post (see comments 7-11), I came across the Dalai Lama's appearance before an audience of more than 500 Korean Buddhists in Yokahama today, where he encouraged the study of not only Chandrakirti but also science. From TibetCustom.com: In his brief talk, he asked the Koreans to be 21st century Buddhists by mastering modern scientific ecuation as well as Buddhism. "Like great masters of the ancient Nalanda University, you must study and examine the Buddhist texts and practice the teachings in your daily life," he said. More »
  • Dalai Lama criticizes anti-whaling protesters Paid Member

    UPDATE: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society acknowledges the guidance of HH the Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama, who is visiting Japan, criticized anti-whaling protesters, saying that while he sympathized with their efforts to protect the mammals, protesters' methods should be nonviolent. No doubt this was music to the ears of Japan's government. AFP reports that "Japanese prosecutors have demanded two years in prison for a New Zealand anti-whaling activist on trial for assault and charges relating to his boarding of a harpoon ship in Antarctic waters." More »
  • Paul McCartney's little Buddha Paid Member

    Legendary Beatle and committed vegetarian Paul McCartney acknowledges that he travels with a portable Buddha statue on hand: ‘I think candles started it and then somebody brought in a little Buddha. So then we suddenly got this," he said, according to Britain's Daily Mail. In 2008, McCartney caused a bit of a Buddhist stir when he took issue with the Dalai Lama's meat-eating: ...I found out he was not a vegetarian, so I wrote to him saying, "Forgive me for pointing this out, but if you eat animals then there is some suffering somewhere along the line." More »
  • English Translation of the Dalai Lama/Chinese Citizens Twitter Talk Paid Member

    The New York Review of Books posted the May 21 Twitter conversation between the Dalai Lama and Chinese citizens in its entirety. Perry Link translated the dialogue and explains how such an event was able to take place. So how did Wang Lixiong do it? First he asked representatives of the Dalai Lama, who is on a tour of the U.S., for an hour of time in which the Tibetan religious leader might answer questions from Chinese citizens. The Dalai Lama agreed to use the hour of 8 to 9 a.m. (EST) on May 21 for this purpose. Wang then arranged to open a Twitter page beginning on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. (Beijing time), onto which Chinese Web users could pose questions. More »