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We've got a question for you: What's the best thing that Buddhism has done for you? If you've got an answer, we want to hear it. So, tell us by sending an email to Sam@ShambhalaSun.com. We might well include your answer on our new page, "Share Your Wisdom," which will debut in our March magazine, along with a host of other helpful, fun new departments. Be sure include [...]

Twenty-six Tibetan nuns expelled from nunnery

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Twenty-six nuns have been expelled from their nunnery in eastern Tibet. According to a release from the Dra-Sog-Drisum Association–a group of Tibetan exiles in India–Chinese officials cracked down on the nunnery in September because it refused to denounce the Dalai Lama. The crackdown–which comes as part of a "patriotic education" campaign–led to the nuns' removal. For more [...]

Master Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, dies

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Sik Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, died on Monday at the age of 95. As the South China Morning Post writes, Sik Kok Kwong "was lauded for promoting his religion and organising charitable services, but also faced criticism over controversial comments," noting that "while president of the city's leading Buddhist group, a position he held until his [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh health update: Doctors cautiously optimistic

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Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village community has issued an update on the 88-year-old Zen teacher's health after a brain hemorrhage last week. It begins: "Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care and attention. New tests have been done. Doctors report that Thầy is showing good [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh suffers brain hemorrhage; signs full recovery possible

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[November 16 update: "Thich Nhat Hanh health update: Doctors cautiously optimistic"] Update – Wednesday November 12, 6:45pm EST; Plum Village released a statement on Wednesday evening, saying that Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a severe brain hemorrhage on Tuesday, November 11. He is now responsive and there are signs that a full recovery may be possible. Thich Nhat Hanh's [...]

Despite rumors, Thich Nhat Hanh is “OK”

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[November 16 update: "Thich Nhat Hanh health update: Doctors cautiously optimistic"] Rumors having been going around this morning that Thich Nhat hanh is dying. We have the official news from Sister Chan Khong. Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital, but his condition is “OK.” Reports Sister Chan Khong: NO PLEASE don't pass this wrong INFORMATION around. Thay is still in the [...]

Making sense of the anti-Muslim violence in Burma

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In recent months, we’ve reported extensively on anti-Muslim violence in Burma. With violence mounting, an election one year away, and President Obama visiting the country next week, the world is watching Burma. Today, the New York Times broke down the situation with a story that skillfully dissects the many complex issues at play. Read that article on the NYT website. Also, see [...]

Tibetan teacher Khensur Jampa Tegchok passes away

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Tibetan teacher and author Khensur Jampa Tegchok died in India on Tuesday, October 28. Tegchok served as the abbot of Sera Je Monastery in India from 1993 to 1996, by appointment of the Dalai Lama. He also taught extensively at the Manjushri Institute in England, Naland Monastery in France, Land of Medicine Buddha in Santa Cruz, California, and Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in [...]

Video: Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery needs your help

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Deer Park Monastery, in California, is asking for help to upgrade its dormitories – most of which are now repurposed storage sheds and swimming pool changing rooms. When it was established in 2000, in the order of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, the founders repurposed old recreational buildings for accommodations. In a campaign on Indiegogo, the monastery is asking for help [...]

Buddhist teachers plead for Burma in an open letter to Obama

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This morning, hundreds of Western Buddhist teachers sent an open letter to the President, asking him to show concern for Burma's Muslims. (In the September issue of the Shambhala Sun, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield wrote about the anti-Muslim violence being committed by Buddhists in Burma. That article, along with action items for how you can help, is available to read in [...]