Two new self-immolations — one fatal — reported

This morning the Associated Press reports that two new cases of self-immolation in protest of Chinese rule have taken place. Two monks, Tenpa Darjey and Chimey Palden, took up the protest -- and one of them is reported to have died. Read the AP's breaking report here, via the Washington Post. [...]

What Pema Chödrön (Unwittingly) Taught Me About Climate Change

A new post from Shambhala SunSpace "Earth Dharma" blogger Jill S. Schneiderman. Recently, when I opened my copy of Offerings: Buddhist Wisdom for Every Day for a bit of early morning inspiration, as has become my habit, I found the following insight from Pema Chödrön: Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and [...]

The passing of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche (1932-2012)

After reporting here yesterday that the great Tibetan lama Tenga Rinpoche had taken ill and been hospitalized, we are sad to report that the news has broken that Rinpoche has now since died. Tenga Rinpoche (along with Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim) was one of the three pillars of the Kagyu tradition, and was honored as such at last year’s Kagyu Monlam with the Karmapa [...]

Tenga Rinpoche admitted to Norwic Hospital in Kathmandu

On Monday evening, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, a meditation master of the Karma Kagyü tradition of Benchen Monastery in Nepal, visited the emergency room at Norwic Hospital in Kathmandu due to health complaints. After running tests, doctors found that his declining health was due to pneumonia, low blood pressure, and too few red blood cells. On Tuesday, he was given a blood [...]

Dalai Lama wins Templeton Prize

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Templeton Prize this morning. (See his reaction in the video above.) In their citation, the John Templeton Foundation notes (among other things) that "[His Holiness] encourages serious scientific investigative reviews of the power of compassion and its broad potential to address the world's fundamental [...]

A tip from “The Mindful Writer”

Writer Dinty W. Moore -- author of the very funny and inspiring The Accidental Buddhist -- has a new book out and it's called The Mindful Writer: The Noble Truths of the Writing Life. In this excerpt, Dinty shares what he says is "perhaps most important application of mindfulness for a writer." To learn more, read on. ...And then, write! Let’s dispense with inspiration from [...]

Twenty-year-old monk self-immolates in Ngaba, Tibet

Another Tibetan has self-immolated in Tibet today, in Changsha township of Ngaba, in eastern Tibet. Voice of America reports that twenty year-old Lobsang Sherab, a monk of Kirti monastery, self-immolated Wednesday evening at around 7:10 IST, dying on the scene from his injuries. Sherab was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of nine, at Gendun-Tempheling, in the village of [...]

Exiled self-immolator dies; India tightens security in Tibetan areas for Hu Jintao

As we reported yesterday, a Tibetan living in exile in India self-immolated on Monday in protest of Chinese rule in Tibet. Twenty-seven-year-old Jamphel Yeshi set himself afire in New Delhi; by Tuesday, posters of him could be found throughout the streets of Dharamsala and more than two hundred supporters took to the streets that night, waving Tibetan flags and declaring [...]

Embrace Change: In the Struggle with Chronic Illness, Love and Kindness Can Thrive

The new, May 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine includes a special section of eleven Buddhist teachers and writers on embracing change, so now's a perfect time to share this poignant and helpful reflection from author and change consultant Susan Quinn. As we collected our things to leave Dr. Solomon’s office, I said, “Doctor, I just have one more question. How can Jerry get rid of [...]

Japan Buddhist Federation calls for an end to nuclear energy

The President of The Japan Buddhist Federation, Taitsu Kono, reiterated in a recent interview with the the Asahi Shimbun that the organization wishes to see a society that is not dependent on nuclear power, citing the risk involved in harnessing such energy. The Japan Buddhist Federation is comprised of several traditional Buddhist denominations and had previously released an [...]