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Dalai Lama affirms he may not have a successor

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Last night, the Dalai Lama appeared on BBC Newsnight, discussing whether or not he would have a successor. The question follows an interview the Dalai Lama gave with the german paper Welt am Sonntag in September, in which he suggested he may be the last in his line. In last night's interview, the Dalai Lama reaffirmed that possibility, explaining that there is little need [...]

Dalai Lama presents peace award to director Bertolucci

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On Sunday, December 14th, the Dalai Lama presented the Peace Summit Award to Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci. The award is an annual honor bestowed upon a person from the arts world who has worked for social justice and peace. Previous winners include Sean Penn, Sharon Stone and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). The Dalai Lama presented the award at the closing of the [...]

Tibetan man dies after self-immolating

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Earlier today, a 33-year-old Tibetan man named Sangyal Khar set himself on fire in front of a Chinese police station. An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia that Khar died "in protest against Chinese policies in Tibetan areas." Following the self-immolation, said the source, "the presence of security personnel increased in the area, and restrictions were imposed on the [...]

Remembering Buddhist scholar Taitetsu Unno, 1929-2014


Rev.  Dr. Taitetsu Unno, a Buddhist scholar known for his work relating to Pure Land Buddhism, with an emphasis on Shin Buddhism, has died at the age of 85. The Institute of Buddhist Studies announced Unno's passing yesterday, including a bio of Unno written by his son Mark, also a notable scholar: We are saddened to announce the death of Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno, a colleague [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh “remains in coma…. Small signs of progress”

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community has issued its latest update on the Zen teacher’s health after he suffered a brain hemorrhage in early November. (The most recent previous update was issued on December 1.) The current statement reads, in part: Thay continues to surprise the doctors with his strong vital signs and steady, peaceful breathing. They are still amazed that [...]

Naropa University seeks Professional Development and Extended Studies Director


Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, has put out a call for applicants a director for the School of Professional Development and Extended Studies. The director will be responsible for attracting students, developing curriculum, and more. Naropa University was founded in 1974 by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It emphasizes academic, experiential and [...]

Novelist and Zen priest Ruth Ozeki wins Canada Japan Literary Award


This week, novelist and Shambhala Sun contributor Ruth Ozeki was awarded a Canada Japan Literary Award for her novel A Tale for the Time Being, which has already been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. The Canada Japan Literary Award celebrates literary excellence, and is given to two Canadian authors who write about [...]

Buddhists respond to #Ferguson and #EricGarner

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Over the last two weeks, we have watched two non-indictment verdicts appear in headlines—first in Ferguson, then in New York City. As these events have unfolded, amidst anger, confusion and sorrow, a handful of Buddhist voices have demonstrated that we can react to thoughtless violence with intelligence and compassion. Here, we've gathered a sample: On November 24, we posted [...]

Join Sylvia Boorstein for “Everyday Life as Mindfulness Practice”

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Beginning in January, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California will be offering "Everyday Life as Mindfulness Practice," an online course in eleven parts led by Insight meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein -- a favorite among Shambhala Sun readers: "Filmed at her home, Sylvia offers reflections, teachings and instructions for everyday experiences such as drinking [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh’s health remains stable, Plum Village reports


Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village community has issued another update on the Zen teacher's health after he suffered a brain hemorrhage in early November. It reads, in part: "Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable. [...He] continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep awareness of breathing, rooted in Store [...]