University of Michigan creates world’s first endowed chair of Thai Buddhism


Via a press release from the University of Michigan: ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan has received a gift of $2 million to establish the Thai Professorship of Theravada Buddhism, which will further enhance one of the largest Buddhist studies programs in North America. This professorship, dedicated to the Thai tradition of Theravada Buddhism, is believed to be the first [...]

Karmapa 2015 US tour dates announced

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On March 17, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will begin a limited US tour that will see him visiting at six universities: Stanford, University of Redlands, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will also visit Mount Laurel, New Jersey; New York City; Kingston, New York; and Seattle, Washington. This will be His Holiness's third [...]

Buddhist-Muslim peace called for in Yogyakarta Statement

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“If we want peace and justice, it is very important for Buddhists and Muslims to come together because these are two major world religions.” So says Chandra Muzaffar, president of International Movement for a Just World, in explaining the need for the newly issued Yogyakarta Statement, in which, as the Jakarta Post reports, "religious leaders from 15 countries [have] called on [...]

Facebook using Buddhist tools to fight hate speech in Burma

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As Burma is emerging from fifty years of military dictatorship, its citizens are thronging to social media, particularly Facebook, and anti-Muslim extremists are too. Facebook is addressing the problem of Buddhist anti-Muslim activists promoting violence on Facebook with a new set of features. When Facebook users flag content they “don’t like,” a box pops up asking "Why [...]

Watch: “Love has no labels”

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In this beautiful new PSA addressing implicit bias, we're reminded about love's power to cross any and all perceived boundaries. The PSA is just one part of a new year-long campaign about implicit bias. "Most of us aren’t even conscious of our prejudice," the campaign's website explains. "That’s why it’s called implicit bias." Visit to learn more, get [...]

Updated: Kayla Mueller remembered by Buddhists around the world

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As aid worker Kayla Mueller is mourned around the world, the Tibetans with whom she volunteered are offering prayers and condolences. Mueller, a 26-year-old American, was abducted in Syria in 2013 by Islamic State militants, and held hostage for eighteen months. Her death was confirmed this week. A committed Christian, Mueller was also deeply influenced by Buddhist [...]

And now, Jon Stewart’s lifetime of Zen?


It would seem that Jon Stewart now has a plan for what comes next after he steps down from The Daily Show. The operative word here, of course, is seem. Stewart opened last night's show with the quip, "Many of you know I recently announced I was gonna be leaving the show to join a monastery." He also mentioned that he's learned more about what "moment of Zen" means. (Though, [...]

Pioneering Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison dies at age 92

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Ruth Denison, the pioneering Buddhist teacher and subject of the documentary-in-progress reported on here recently, has died. Denison was in ill health, having suffered a serious stroke and entering hospice earlier in February. Her Dhamma Dena community website, which has been sharing updates since the stroke, has posted a brief update about her passing: Ruth passed away [...]

Ebola Survivor Ashoka Mukpo: “I Knew I Had to Practice”

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It was a big story: NBC cameraman contracts Ebola in Liberia. He was flown to the U.S. for treatment, and there was national relief when he recovered. Few noted the significance of his unusual name: Ashoka—the first Buddhist king of India—and Mukpo—family name of the famed Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Journalist Ashoka Mukpo is the son of Lady Diana Mukpo, widow [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh making “extraordinary progress,” says Plum Village


Following the statement shared here on February 19 from Sister Chân Không, Thich Nhat Hanh’s closest collaborator, a new update on the Zen master's health has been issued by his Plum Village community. It reads, in part: "We are very happy to report that our dear Teacher continues to steadily make extraordinary progress. "Thay has now moved to a specialist stroke [...]