Thich Nhat Hanh’s health “making remarkable progress,” Plum Village reports

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In a new June 28th statement, Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village community in France reports that the Zen teacher, who suffered a stroke last fall, has been, "despite his advanced age, [...] making remarkable progress." From the statement: We are happy to report that Thay’s health has improved greatly since he returned to his Plum Village Hermitage in early April. Every day Thay [...]

US Gov honors Dalai Lama, condemns China


Via International Campaign for Tibet comes details on a new resolution praising the Dalai Lama for "his efforts to advance greater understanding, tolerance, harmony and respect among religious faiths": The resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Eliot L. Engel (NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Matt Salmon [...]

Help cover Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s medical costs

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Blanche Hartman, Senior Dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Center, is in hospital facing $100,000 in medical bills, and her community is asking for help. According to a message from Zen teacher Grace Schireson, Hartman, whose health is failing, says she is "going home." She needs full-time care, but has no long-term insurance. (See our recent previous coverage on Hartman's [...]

Pope Francis, Catholics, meet with Buddhists at Vatican

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Via RomeReports on June 24: A dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders began today at the Vatican. Pope Francis stopped by the meeting, [and] made some brief remarks that were translated to English as he spoke. "It is a visit of fraternity, of dialogue, and of friendship. And this is good. This is healthy. And in these moments, which are [...]

Buddhist Churches of America to host discussion on Shin & LGBTQ

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On Saturday, June 27, Buddhist Churches of America is presenting a half-day seminar on LGBTQ in Shin Buddhism. Shin Buddhist ministers have been conducting same-sex marriages for at least 40 years, and Shin organizations have long supported equal rights for the gay community. The event is geared towards people who wish to hear "how Shin Buddhism can offer an enduring [...]

“Gen X” teachers address Western Buddhism’s future

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About 50 dharma teachers from the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and France gathered June 6-10 at Dharma Drum Chan Monastery in Pine Bush, New York, for the second Gen X Dharma Teachers Conference, where they discussed the issues they face as teachers and the future development of Buddhism in the West. The conference (which applied the term "Gen X" to all attendees born between [...]

After Charleston, how a Buddhist outlook can help

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On Monday, Zen priest angel Kyodo williams and a group of community members held a discussion about how we can mindfully respond to racism and white supremacy in the wake of the Charleston shooting. After a guided meditation and a minute of silence for each of the nine victims of the shooting, CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly opened the conversation with a question: “How do we find [...]

Int’l Buddhist Women’s conference begins June 23


The 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women will begin on June 23 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, running until June 30. Its theme will be “Compassion and Social Justice.” From the event's press release: "The theme will set the stage for participants from all over Indonesia and around the world to draw connections between spiritual cultivation, social [...]

In Northern California, a Soto Zen Monastery takes shape


On June 13, on a hundred-acre plot of land not far from wine country in Northern California, priests and supporters from all over the world came together for the framework-raising ceremony of Tenpyozan, which is intended to be the first monastery in the West to offer Zen training of the same style and curriculum as that of traditional monasteries in Japan. About thirty Soto [...]

Dalai Lama to receive Liberty Medal


Last week, US Senator Dianne Feinstein marked the Dalai Lama’s 80th with a resolution; today, another honor for His Holiness has been announced. On October 26, The National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia will  present him with the Liberty Medal,  which "honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the [...]