Fake Buddhist monks a growing global problem

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If you follow Lion's Roar on social media, you've probably seen stories we've shared of a new panhandling trend that takes advantage of the public's image of Buddhist monks as harmless. The problem is only growing more pernicious. In major cities around the world men posing as Buddhist monks with shaven heads and monks robes are panhandling, harassing passers-by for money [...]

One Earth Sangha seeks to train “EcoSattvas”

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Building on last year’s series of online conversations on mindfulness and climate action, this autumn One Earth Sangha will host a series of online, interactive sessions called “EcoSattva Training.” The eight-session course will run from September 13 to November 15 and will be hosted by Thanissara Mary Weinberg of the Insight (Vipassana) tradition and will feature teachers, [...]

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

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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 (Updated)

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A crowdfunding site to assist Blanche Hartman, Senior Dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Center, has been established, as Hartman's daughter Trudy writes on the SFZC website, "to offer a way for students and friends of Blanche to support her health-care costs." (See our recent previous coverage on Hartman's condition.) You can donate on GoFundMe or by writing a check to [...]

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

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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 [...]