In the last blog I talked about the early Zennists living in the mountains, shunning the cities and the emperor’s court. I said there is much to gain from such a retreat. The retreat is when we start the process...
Though they have no objective reality, gender constructs affect our place in society. They influence how much pay we receive for the jobs we do and the roles we play at home in the family. They affect which aspects of our personality...Show More Summary
Our May magazine is at the printer now and will be on its way to subscribers soon. Here’s a look at what’s inside: Special Section: The Real Problem with Distraction — Judy Lief, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, and John Tarrant offer Buddhism’s deeper take on a modern obsession; George Saunders on Kindness — in […]
Noted with sadness and fond remembrance: the passing away Monday of experimental composer and opera innovator Robert Ashley at the age of 83. In the 1980?s, Ashley brought a surprisingly hip Midwestern sing-song and gentle good humor to his recitation of the stories and songs of the Tibetan yogi-saint Milarepa in recordings of Eliane Radigue’s […]
On Monday, Larry King’s new Larry King Now interview with the Dalai Lama will be shared on Ora.TV and Hulu. Plenty of serious matters will be covered, but here’s a fun, light outtake. Enjoy. The Dalai Lama’s Sense of Humor: Exclusive… by LarryKingNow
A few days ago Sherwin B. Nuland died. Some of you may know him as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling book How We Die, published in 1994. Nuland sought to dispel the popular myth that most deaths take place theShow More Summary
The Dalai Lama made a rare appearance on U.S. television appearing on the "Larry King Now" show. Larry King was able to get to a lot of great topics not usually discussed with the Dalai Lama. I've selected a few highlights to share: The entire episode will be available on Ora TV and Hulu, March 10th. Show More Summary
The Associated Press reports that His Holiness the Dalai Lama said a prayer in the U.S. Senate today. This is good; the U.S. Senate needs all the help it can get.... Read Full Post
One of the challenges of Buddhism is that, on the one hand, we're told not to believe something just because an authority figure or an ancient scripture says it (see "The Kalama Sutta"). We are our own arbiter; we are our own refuges, or islands, or lamps, depending on how you translate things. Show More Summary
As announced yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama did in fact give the opening prayers in the US Senate today. Among the words he shared are his favorite prayer, from Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva: “As long as space remains, and as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I too remain and help […]
From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by M. Verona. Andy’s comment: “Call it abstract; I call it beautiful. Sometimes a perception of subtle colors and textures is all you need. It’s a lovely example of fresh seeing.” Contemplative photography is a method for […]
The Dalai Lama gave the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Senate session on Thursday. In Buddhism, prayer isn't seen as an appeal to a higher authority but as a way of connecting to our own highest aspirations. What are your aspirations for the Senate? read more
Who runs s local Dharma center or Zen center is the abbot whom his followers might call “Rôshi” which means old master. It is not an official title but simply a name given to the leader who is more like...
I've been trying to wrap my head around current events in Thailand, in particular to see how the monastic sangha might be connected. Over the past few weeks there have been waves of protests in Thailand that turned violent late last month, and I read that one prominent monk is protest leader.... Read Full Post
U.S. Senators will be treated to a bit of dharma Thursday morning, as the Dalai Lama will offer the opening prayer for the day’s session. It’s the first time he has been invited to do so, the Washington Post reports. Though the Dalai Lama abdicated his political role in the Tibetan government-in-exile in 2011, he still […]
French Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been dubbed by some in the media “the happiest man alive.” (The title has also been attached to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Who’s happier? We may never know!) Now, Ricard has brought some of his insights on what makes for real happiness to the TED stage in his new […]
It’s not often that the words “soul” and “science” are used in friendly association. For Harvard-trained clinical psychiatrist Dan Siegel, however, they’re entirely complementary, as he aims to demonstrate in an intensive, experiential...Show More Summary
Our everyday world provides us with no clues of what it really is. Certainly, this is true for those who have just been born. As each of us remembers, without any choice in the matter, we were thrust into this...
“Some say that spirituality is a way of attaining a better kind of happiness, transcendental happiness. Others see it as a benevolent way to develop power over others or as a way to acquire magical powers so we can change our bad world into a good world. All of these points of view are irrelevant […]
A Chinese Zen master, Lanxi Daolong (1213–1279), came to Japan with some of his disciples where he became known as Zen master Daikaku, meaning Great Enlightenment. A Rinzai teacher, he said that “Meditation is the inner mind of the enlightened...