Friends of murdered Rinpoche plead for mercy for attackers

Akong Rinpoche, Buddhism, Lion's Roar

Days after the the two men who murdered Akong Rinpoche were sentenced to death, prominent Buddhists and friends of the victim are asking the Chinese government for mercy.   The day after the sentencing, Akong Rinpoche's son posted a statement to Facebook: If you forget everything I say, remember... - Akong Rinpoche Foundation | Facebook If you forget [...]

Help this Columbus Buddhist center rebuild after a fire

This image from the Columbus KTC GoFundMe page shows that while the center was destroyed, the Karmapa "Dream Flag" found there avoided damage.

On Sunday morning, the Columbus KTC Center, a Buddhist center in Columbus, Ohio, was destroyed by fire. The Center's missions is "to provide, for all levels of practitioners, a respectful and open community for the study, practice, and activities of Buddhism of the Karma Kagyu tradition under the guidance of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and His Holiness the Seventeeth Gyalwa [...]

Karmapa announces plans to empower female Buddhist practitioners

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Via the Karmapa Office of Administration in Delhi, India: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has announced plans to create a monastic college for Buddhist women as part of his ongoing efforts to educate and empower female Buddhist practitioners from the Himalayan region. The announcement came during the 3rd Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering in Bodhgaya, an [...]

Murder trial of Akong Rinpoche ends with two death sentences

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In October 2013, Akong Rinpoche, the founder of the West’s first Tibetan Buddhist center in Scotland, was murdered along with two other men. Trial proceedings began in August of 2014, and have now resolved with two men sentenced to death by the Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court Tibetan for the crimes, with a third imprisoned for enacting a cover-up. Visit for more [...]

Albert Low, Zen teacher and author, dies at 87


Albert Low, founder of the Montréal Zen Center and dharma holder in the Zen lineage of Philip Kapleau, has died. Low was born in London in 1928. He left England after a Navy stint to live in South Africa with his wife Jean; there the two started a family. His disapproval of Apartheid found Low moving on to Ontario, Canada in 1963. He began studying Zen with Haku'un Yasutani in [...]

Buddhist Peace Fellowship comments on Buddhism, diversity, and first Lion’s Roar cover

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By now, you've seen the new cover of Lion's Roar magazine. The people at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship have, and they have some important things to say about it. BPF has posted five authors’ thoughts on the cover and its headline, "The New Face of Buddhism,” here. These thoughtful pieces raise issues all Buddhists should consider. We know we will. They address not just this [...]

Christiana Figueres cites Thich Nhat Hanh’s influence in Paris climate talks

Christiana Figueres, Thich Nhat Hanh, UN, Climate Change, Lion's Roar, Buddhism

According to a new Huffington Post piece, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, "has credited Thich Nhat Hanh with having played a pivotal role in helping her to develop the strength, wisdom and compassion needed to forge the unprecedented deal backed by 196 countries." She discovered Thich Nhat Hanh's [...]

Khyentse Foundation awards $30,000 prize to John Canti and Wulstan Fletcher

Khyentse Foundation, Translation, Lion's Roar, Buddhism

John Canti and Wulstan Fletcher, co-founders of the Padmakara Translation Group, have received the $30,000 Khyentse Foundation Fellowship, "for service to the Buddhadharma." Wulstan and Fletcher founded the organization with five friends after completing a three-year meditation retreat. The announcement from the Khyentse Foundation says that Padmakara's translations — which [...]

Spiritual writer and teacher Stephen Levine dies


The American spiritual writer and teacher Stephen Levine has died at age 78. A brief announcement on the Facebook page shared between Stephen and wife Ondrea Levine states: Dear Friends, Stephen passed away at home in his bed this afternoon after a long illness. He was 78 years old. His heart has gone to God. His light is left here with us. Thank you for your blessings and [...]

What is Lion’s Roar?

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Our editor-in-chief explains how our magazine's new name reflects shifts in the vast and varied world of American Buddhism. Buddhism in America is changing—and so are we. It’s about more than our new name. New generations of teachers and practitioners are exploring ways to make the dharma more available, inclusive, and relevant in the twenty-first century. We want [...]