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Twenty-year-old woman dies after committing self-immolation

Self Immolation Tibet

The Central Tibetan Administration, based in Northern India, has reported that a twenty-year-old woman named Tsephel died this morning after committing self-immolation. Tsephel's death is the latest in a series of self-immolation spanning back to 2009. Most recently, a 34-year-old man named Sangyal Khar died last week. At a memorial service for Khar, an official from the [...]

Sign this petition to support equality for women in Thai monasteries

Theravada Thai Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Full Ordination Petition

The International Network of Engaged Buddhists has posted a petition on change.org to allow women to become fully-ordained nuns in Thai monasteries. According to tradition, in order for a woman to become a fully-ordained nun, another fully-ordained nun must be present. This is often impossible in the Theravada and Tibetan traditions, where lineages of fully ordained nuns died [...]

Tibetan man dies after self-immolating

Sangyal Khar Tibet Self-immolation China fire

Update, 11:44am EST, December 19th: A memorial was held for Sangyal Khar on December 18. See more, below. On the morning on December 16, a 33-year-old Tibetan man named Sangyal Khar set himself on fire in front of a Chinese police station. An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia that Khar died "in protest against Chinese policies in Tibetan areas." Following the [...]

Building a Mindful New Year with Lodro Rinzler, Susan Piver, and many others


Writers and Buddhist teachers Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver have invited a collection of accomplished dharma teachers to guide you through the end of one year and into another with mindfulness and awareness, focused on the six priorities that will benefit you most as you lay the ground for what is to come. Their offering, titled Building a Mindful New Year, is a free, online [...]

Dalai Lama affirms he may have no successor; China responds

Dalai Lama successor China Tibet reincarnation BBC Lion's Roar

Update, 12:30pm EST, December 19th: Read the response of China's chairman of ethnic and religious affairs. Tuesday night, the Dalai Lama appeared on BBC Newsnight, discussing whether or not he would have a successor. The question follows an interview the Dalai Lama gave with the german paper Welt am Sonntag in September, in which he suggested he may be the last in his [...]

Dalai Lama presents peace award to director Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci Dalai Lama Peace Summit Award Buddhism

On Sunday, December 14th, the Dalai Lama presented the Peace Summit Award to Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci. The award is an annual honor bestowed upon a person from the arts world who has worked for social justice and peace. Previous winners include Sean Penn, Sharon Stone and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). The Dalai Lama presented the award at the closing of the [...]

Remembering Buddhist scholar Taitetsu Unno, 1929-2014


Update, 9:15am EST, December 19th: See memorial information below. On Saturday, December 13, Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno, a Buddhist scholar known for his work relating to Pure Land Buddhism, died at the age of 85. Taitetsu Unno's son, Mark Unno, wrote in a letter to Lion's Roar that his father died peacefully, at home, without pain, "as he thanked everyone repeatedly." A local [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh “remains in coma…. Small signs of progress”

Thich Nhat Hanh in hospital

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community has issued its latest update on the Zen teacher’s health after he suffered a brain hemorrhage in early November. (The most recent previous update was issued on December 1.) The current statement reads, in part: Thay continues to surprise the doctors with his strong vital signs and steady, peaceful breathing. They are still amazed that [...]

Naropa University seeks Professional Development and Extended Studies Director


Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, has put out a call for applicants a director for the School of Professional Development and Extended Studies. The director will be responsible for attracting students, developing curriculum, and more. Naropa University was founded in 1974 by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It emphasizes academic, experiential and [...]

Novelist and Zen priest Ruth Ozeki wins Canada Japan Literary Award


This week, novelist and Shambhala Sun contributor Ruth Ozeki was awarded a Canada Japan Literary Award for her novel A Tale for the Time Being, which has already been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. The Canada Japan Literary Award celebrates literary excellence, and is given to two Canadian authors who write about [...]