Thai soldier and Buddhist monk killed in bombing

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A soldier and a Buddhist monk were killed in a bomb blast in Southern Thailand on Saturday. The bomb was planted in a garbage can and detonated by remote control while the monk was collecting donations nearby. The soldier was accompanying the monk for protection. Also injured in the blast were two soldiers, a monk, and three villagers who were making donations. Police [...]

Karmapa, Pema Chödrön endorse Buddhist art “caretaking” project

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“Time is running out. Earthquake, fire, flood, armed conflict, and political upheaval threaten Buddhist sacred art in monasteries,” says the new website of  Treasure Caretaker Training, a registered non-profit is dedicated to saving endangered sacred art. Launched in 2014 by Ann Shaftel, an art conservator, the project trains “treasure caretakers” such as monks and nuns in [...]

Anne Waldman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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The poet Anne Waldman has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in this year's American Book Awards. In addition to her many writings and her work as an social activist, Waldman was a founding member, along with Chögyam Trungpa and Allen Ginsberg, of Naropa Insitute's (now Naropa University) Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, which opened in 1974. We at [...]

Trulshik Rinpoche’s successor recognized

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A 2-year-old Tibetan boy born in Nepal has been recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche (1923-2011), according to Tibetan news site Phayul. The reincarnation, Ngawang Tenzin Choekyi Lodoe Rabsel, was born in Kathmandu on July 25, 2013. The announcement about his recognition was made on July 6th to coincide with His Holiness [...]

Buddhists, activists join to memorialize Hiroshima, Nagasaki

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Campaign Nonviolence and Upaya Zen Center will mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with programs and demonstrations in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, New Mexico from August 5-9. 130,000 people — mostly civilians — were killed in the 1945 bombings. The programs include talks by Rev. James Lawson, Erica Chenoweth, and Roshi Joan Halifax, [...]

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to discuss reincarnation in free livestream event

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Photo by Mariana Aurelio. Is there Buddhism without rebirth? That's the question Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche will discuss in a talk this Sunday, July 19, 1pm-8pm EST. While the event is sold out, the audio will be livestreamed around the world for free. For more information, visit (details on the livestream to come soon). Teachings by Dzongsar [...]

A Happy Birthday to Jack Kornfield — Read his best from Lion’s Roar

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Jack Kornfield. Photo by Christine Alicino. There's been no shortage of notable Buddhist birthdays (or "Continuation Days," as some Buddhists call them) this month. The Dalai Lama of course turned 80. Earlier this week, Pema Chodron turned 79. And today, Insight meditation pioneer Jack Kornfield turns 70. As both teacher and author, Jack has had a profound impact on the [...]

NASA gives Buddhist nickname to region of Pluto

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Following NASA's historic Pluto flyby yesterday, scientists have already begun ascribing informal names to splotchy geographical features in never-before-seen images of the dwarf planet. Among the new place names is “Meng Po,” the god of forgetfulness from Chinese Buddhist mythology. Meng Po greets souls in the afterlife and gives them a bowl of soup to forget their experience [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh arrives in USA for intensive rehabilitation

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A new update from Plum Village reports that Thich Nhat Hanh has traveled to San Francisco's UCSF Medical Center from his monastery in France for intensive rehabilitation, following his stroke last fall. The report reiterates the message of Plum Village's last release, that Thay (as he is affectionately known) is recovering remarkably. While he is at least currently unable to [...]

Tenth Traleg Rinpoche located, recognized

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Following the passing of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche in July 2012, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, this spring issued a letter received by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche that indicated that Traleg Rinpoche's successor had been born and would be found in Zama Village in Batong, Tibet. That successor, Traleg Yangse Rinpoche, has now been officially recognized by Thrangu [...]