Nuns take exams toward geshema degrees

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This week thirty-eight nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition are undergoing exams toward their geshema degree, the monastic equivalent of a Ph.D in Tibetan Buddhist studies. Until a few years ago, the degree was only bestowed on monks (it’s known as a geshe degree when awarded to men). In 2011, German Kelsang Wangmo, who spent twenty-one years training in India, became the [...]

After Nepal quake, Buddhists making a real difference

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On each of the past few days, the humanitarian organization Karuna-Shechen, founded by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, has issued updates that indicate just some of the potent ways Buddhists are stepping up to provide relief in Nepal after last Saturday's massive earthquake there. As an April 28 statement reads, "The Shechen medical Clinic and the nearby Shechen Monastery have [...]

Pema Chödrön: join me in practicing tonglen for Nepal

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Pema Chödrön has joined a number of other Buddhist figures in addressing the suffering in Nepal caused by the recent devastating earthquake there. Tonglen practice, she reminds us in a new Facebook post, offers us "the opportunity to work with compassion, kindness, gentleness and generosity," especially in a time of suffering and confusion. Watch her short tonglen [...]

Same-sex marriage: What do Buddhists think?

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Noting that on Tuesday, April 28, "oral arguments will begin on a group of Supreme Court cases that will determine the legality of same-sex marriage nationwide," the Public Religion Research Institute has compiled data from their "Americans Values Atlas" on the subject. Based on 40,000 interviews with people of all sorts of religious persuasions, the Atlas's findings tell us [...]

Zen priest David Daigan Lueck dies

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Sweeping Zen reports that Zen priest David Daigan Lueck died in the afternoon on Sunday April 26. He was 84 years old. Lueck would serve as the head monk of San Francisco Zen Center's monastery, Tassajara, in 1994. After serving in the Korean War and living in Japan, he came back "and started working for a travel agency in Minneapolis," he told David Chadwick in a 2006 [...]

Nepal: Buddhist monasteries’, teachers’ social-media updates

The famed Boudanath Stupa was photographed with a massive crack running down its spire on Saturday immediately after the quake. It has since been rumored to have fallen; these rumors are untrue.

Chaos and confusion loom large in the Kathmandu Valley as the region tries to recover from the destruction, injury, and ever-increasing casualties caused by a massive earthquake on Saturday, April 25. (Click here to learn how you can contribute to relief efforts.) Fortunately, the Internet remained an option for many, and so Buddhist teachers and communities both inside and [...]

How you can help Nepal after the earthquake (Updated)

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Nepal's Kathmandu Valley and the outlying region have been devastated by a massive earthquake. The last comparable earthquake to hit Nepal was in 1934, registering 8.0 on the Richter scale and killing 10,000. The death toll is somewhat smaller in this case (at 6,000 as of Friday, May 1, but quite possibly approaching 10,000), but the need for help is of course of the utmost. [...]

Catastrophic earthquake strikes Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley (Updated)

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[Updated May 1 pm EST] On Saturday morning, an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal, causing extensive catastrophic damage. Initial reports from the country's Ministry of Home Affairs claimed the death toll to be somewhere around 100-150, but these were updated throughout the day, rising to 1,400 and continuing upward in the days following. As of Friday morning afternoon, [...]

Vatican: Buddhists, join us in anti-slavery fight

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The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists has issued a message called “Buddhists and Christians, together to counter modern slavery," in recognition of Vesak, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Siddhartha Guatama, the historical Buddha. According to the Vatican Information Service (VIS; Holy See Press Office), "this year's [...]

Pro-Tibet #ReleasePanchenLama campaign announced

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In a press conference yesterday, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) made an appeal to the international community, hoping to garner support for a new campaign that calls for the release of Tibet's 11th Panchen Lama -- who disappeared in 1995 -- as well as all Tibetan political prisoners. The CTA hopes to mobilize social-media users to create worldwide awareness of the [...]