Starting a Dialogue Among Buddhist Women

Buddhist women teachers and leaders gathered at August 15th's meeting.

On August 15th, female members of the North American Buddhist Alliance Board of Directors organized a first meeting of Buddhist women teachers and leaders in Seattle, Washington, intending to observe what may emerge from such a circle. Approximately a dozen women teachers and leaders from several Buddhist traditions gathered, including North American Buddhist Alliance Board [...]

Threatened by fire, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center cancels guest season, seeks funds to cover “devastating” losses

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In a new letter posted on the San Francisco Zen Center blog, SFZC president Susan O'Connell has announced that "guest season will not reopen this summer" at SFZC's Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, due to the ongoing threat posed by California's raging wildfires. The closure itself, too, represents a challenge. Writes O'Connell: While we do have business interruption insurance, [...]

Buddhists Must Awaken to the Ecological Crisis


Buddhists, says David Loy, have often been slow to open their eyes to the problem of climate change. He examines key Buddhist teachings to try to understand why. Interest in eco-dharma—the ecological implications of Buddhist teachings—is finally growing after years of apparent indifference and little conversation about it in Buddhist sanghas. The environmental crisis has [...]

New animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” introduces kids to Buddhist concepts

Still from Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings, a new animated film that hits theaters today, takes kids on an adventure with strong Buddhist themes. The movie starts in a traditionally-Buddhist village in Japan, where the main character, Kubo, attends a Buddhist Obon Festival. Through his adventure, Kubo comes to understand that suffering is a part of life and accept mortality. The director, Travis [...]

Dzongzar Khyentse Rinpoche’s latest film “Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait” premieres

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The fourth and latest film from Bhutanese Buddhist teacher, lama, and filmmaker, Dzongzar Khyentse Rinpoche, Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait, premiered yesterday at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. Last year, Lion's Roar reported that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, also known as Khyentse Norbu, launched a Kickstarter project to gather funding for the film, which is [...]

Buddhist monks to the rescue after plane crash

The Palyul Retreat Center, in McDonough, New York, was founded by Penor Rinpoche. (Image via

"It's one of those amazing stories of people who've been in a plane crash and have been able to walk away," said Mary Pratt, a volunteer at Palyul Temple Buddhist Center in McDonough, New York, of the crash that took place near the center on Monday. The plane in question was a low-flying one-engine plane. When it hit the trees, it crashed with a loud noise, and members of [...]

Soberanes wildfire claims Sweetwater Sanctuary, threatens Tassajara Zen Mountain Center


California's most destructive wildfire this year has claimed Anam Thubten's Sweetwater Sanctuary and now threatens Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. According to the LA Times, the Soberanes fire in Big Sur was started by an unattended illegal campfire. The fire has caused one death and burned 67-square miles of Monterey County. Last week, Sweetwater Sanctuary reported that [...]

Why Larung Gar, the Buddhist institute in eastern Tibet, is important

Monastic Residences Lining One of the Hillsides at Larung Gar.

There is nothing quite like ascending the slope into Larung Buddhist Academy from the rough road to remote Serta. After rounding a narrow bend, the valley opens out and red log cabins, housing monastics, line the surrounding hills on all sides. Two large assembly halls, one for nuns and one for monks, tower above the modest and sometimes makeshift cabins built along winding [...]

Twenty Tibetan Buddhist nuns are first ever to earn Geshema degrees

A Geshema candidate at this year's Geshema examinations in Dharamsala, India. Photo via Tibetan Nuns Project (courtesy of Venerable Delek Yangdron).

Equivalent to a Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy, the Geshema degree represents the highest level of training in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism -- a level of training previously only available to men (in whose case the degree would be a Geshe degree). But that's changed now that twenty Tibetan Buddhist nuns have become the first to pass all the exams necessary to earn [...]