What can Buddhism do for the environment?

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Buddhism and environmentalism are a natural fit. Jessica Morey points this out in her review of Susan Murphy's new book, Minding the Earth: Mending the World, about how dharma can help us protect the planet. Read the review in full, here. The ideas described by Murphy also came up last week on the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, in a 7-minute segment on how [...]

Indiegogo campaign raising funds to protect artifacts

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Digital Monastery Project has launched an Indiegogo campaign to protect Buddhist artifacts in Bhutan. The project seeks to train monks and nuns to document cultural treasures using readily available technology – their smartphones. The project has been nominated for the 2014 Manthan Award for innovative use of technology. For more info, watch the video below, and visit the [...]

Denma Locho Rinpoche passes away

Denma Locho Rinpoche

Denma Locho Rinpoche died last week in his home in McLeod Ganj, India. He was 86 years old. Born in Tibet in 1928, Locho Rinpoche fled to India in 1959. He became the lineage holder of Ling Rinpoche, the root guru of the Dalai Lama, and served as the abbot of Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama, from 1986 to 1991. For more on his life and [...]

Ashoka Mukpo cured of Ebola [Updated]

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[Update, 4:30pm, October 24th: Mukpo gave an exclusive interview with NBC on October 22nd. You can watch it, here.] [Update, 4:45pm, October 22nd: Mukpo released a statement on his experience, earlier today. In it, he thanked everyone who helped him overcome the disease and expressed hope that the situation in West Africa may improve. Read the whole statement, [...]

Support the Dalai Lama Foundation’s “Living History” campaign

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Who is the Dalai Lama, and what does he stand for? The Dalai Lama Foundation wants to answer that question simply and definitively with one website, “The Living History of the Dalai Lama” – an interactive, comprehensive online experience of His Holiness’s life, teachings and accomplishments. The Foundation is striving to launch the site next year, and you can help. They have [...]

Washington Post on China’s Tibetan refugee crackdown


Since 2008, the Chinese government has been increasing its effort to prevent Tibetan refugees from escaping to India. This year, only 100 refugees have made it across a border that once saw thousands of wayfaring Tibetans each year. Yesterday, The Washington Post's Annie Gowen reported on the crackdown: "Declining numbers of refugees are likely to have a profound effect on the [...]

New York Times on Jack Kornfield: “one huggable ex-monk”

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On Wednesday, T Magazine, the New York Times’ style magazine, ran a profile on Jack Kornfield, the co-founder of Insight Meditation Society and Sprit Rock Meditation Center. The profile, by academic and journalist Tim Wu, explores Kornfield’s difficult upbringing, his time in Asia, the establishment of Insight Meditation Society, and the inception of “loving-kindness” teachings [...]

Dalai Lama congratulates Satyarthi and Malala on Nobel Peace Prize

The Dalai Lama wrote messages of congratulations to both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on their jointly-awarded Nobel Peace Prize. To Kailash Satyarthi, 60, who was awarded the prize as recognition of his work as a children's rights activist in India, the Dalai Lama wrote: Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and someone I consider to be a personal mentor, has [...]

Ashoka Mukpo on “remarkable” road to Ebola recovery

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Last week, we reported on Ashoka Mukpo – the son of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's widow and his personal physician, Mitchell Levy – and his battle with Ebola. Today, happily, the Providence Journal writes that Mukpo is recovering well, and the main question is when he can come home. In an interview, Levy said that Mukpo is "eating – pancakes, burritos, and a pint of [...]

Empire State Building glows red for the Rubin Museum


Tonight, Rubin Museum founders Shelley and Donald Rubin, with actor Peter Sarsgaard, will flip the switch on the Empire State Building’s lights, turning it red in honor of the museum’s tenth anniversary. The museum, dedicated to Himalayan art, opened in Manhattan on October 6, 2004. See our post about the anniversary, here, and check out our July feature on the Rubin, here. [...]