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

(Via Aleksandra Kumorek's Facebook page.)

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”

Ashoka Mukpo Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Buddhist Ebola Liberia Survive

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 [...]

Study: Buddhist concepts activate compassion, tolerance

Buddhism Tolerance Compassion Study Lion's Roar Buddhism Crossword

A new study reports that when people are exposed to Buddhist concepts, they show more prosocial behavior and tolerance of outsiders. Research has shown that when people are exposed to concepts from monotheistic religions they show more prosocial behavior within the group, but less tolerance for those outside—for anyone who is somehow “different." It’s a strange paradox – [...]

UNESCO reveals design for Buddhist cultural site in Afghanistan

Bamiyan Cultural Center Afghanistan Buddhism Buddhas Lion's Roar News

UNESCO has revealed the winning design for a cultural center to be located near the the famous Bamiyan Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. All that remains of the statues, today, are two massive cavities in the cliff. The Shambhala Sun article, "Buddhist Treasures of Afghanistan," describes the rich, diverse history of the region, giving context to the destruction [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh in rehab; increasingly alert

Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo by Velcrow Ripper.

Via comes a new statement on the health of the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who suffered a stroke, which was followed by a coma, late last year. The statement is credited to Sister Chân Không, Thich Nhat Hanh's closest collaborator, and reads as follows: Dear Beloved Community, It’s been one month since the last report about our dear teacher’s health. We are [...]

Dharma teacher Ruth Denison in hospice


Ruth Denison, the groundbreaking Buddhist teacher (and subject of a film-in-progress we reported on here last week), has suffered a massive stroke at the age of 92 and is in hospice care. In keeping with her written wishes, she will not be receiving intubation. In a letter from her bedside, dharma teacher and sangha member Richard Beatty writes that Denison is in a peaceful [...]

Welcoming the year of the Wood Sheep

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For Tibetan Buddhists, this week marks Losar, the new year—a time to clean house, cherish family, make offerings, contemplate the past year and welcome the new. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche named the holiday Shambhala Day for his students, and it is one of the most important in the calendar, a day of community practice and celebration, and a chance to express appreciation for the [...]

“We have lost a great human being”: Remembering Kayla Mueller

Kayla Mueller, Syria, Tibet, ISIS

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 [...]