New York Times reports on East Bay Meditation Center’s path to inclusion

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In Saturday's New York Times, religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer wrote that East Bay Meditation Center is breaking Buddhist stereotypes. Referencing an old internet joke that Asian spiritualities are something only "white people like," Oppenheimer says Oakland's East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) has carved itself out as an exception to the rule. As Vivien Shotwell wrote for [...]

Socially Engaged Buddhism at the United Nations

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The outspoken socially engaged Buddhist, Sulak Sivaraksa, brought a message stressing individual responsibility, and a harsh critique of the worldwide capitalist system, to the United Nations on Wednesday during the annual week of meetings in New York City. Sulak, along with Therese Mema Mapenzi from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Dr. Rahmawati Husein from Indonesian, [...]

Dalai Lama says his general health is “excellent, with no major ailments”

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During an audience today with the Tibetan community in the Minneapolis area, His Holiness the Dalai Lama commented on his health and reassured people that he was well. According to a translation from Tibetan published with the video on the VOA Tibetan Facebook page, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: As some of you may know, for the last 10 years or so I’ve been coming for [...]

Dharma Rain on fundraising homestretch to transform former landfill

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A former quarry-turned-landfill in a low-income and neglected area of Portland, Oregon is being transformed by Dharma Rain Zen Center, the oldest and largest Soto Zen Buddhist temple in Oregon. In 2013 when Dharma Rain outgrew its campus, it sold its three buildings and purchased the 14-acre brownfield site and launched a multi-year capital campaign called "Lotus [...]

Prison Dharma Indiegogo campaign ends on Friday night

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There are only a few days left in the Rangjung Prison Dharma Project’s Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to bring meditation practice to both inmates and corrections officers at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, New York City's main jail complex and one of the largest in the nation. In 2013, Mother Jones magazine named Rikers Island one of "America’s 10 Worst [...]

East Bay Meditation Center’s holding Power to the Planet fundraiser

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On Friday October 23, the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland, California will hold a major fundraising event called “Power to the Planet: Mindfulness, Earth Justice and Stories for a New Humanity.” The evening will feature four leading environmental justice and mindfulness thinkers—Paul Hawken, Lawrence Ellis, Konda Mason, and Charles Eisenstein. It will also screen [...]

Report: Dalai Lama at Mayo Clinic for evaluation

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Multiple news outlets have confirmed that the Dalai Lama was at the Mayo Clinic for a medical checkup on Thursday. On Friday, the Office of Tibet announced that His Holiness would be canceling all of his scheduled events in the USA on doctor's orders and instead return to India to rest. On Sunday, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson confirmed His Holiness is at the hospital for [...]

Dalai Lama cancels US visits; medical reasons cited

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According to a media advisory as posted on the University of Colorado Boulder News Center: The Office of Tibet in Washington, D.C., today informed the University of Colorado Boulder that the Dalai Lama will not be able to attend any of his planned events in the United States next month for medical reasons. On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, [...]

You’re invited to sign “A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change”

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In a new post, the One Earth Sangha is inviting visitors to sign a declaration demanding immediate climate action at COP21 (21st Conference of Parties) in Paris at the end of this year. From the post: Together, with over 5000 Buddhist practitioners, and significant leaders such as the Dalai Lama, the Karmarpa, and Thich Nhat Hanh, we are presenting The Time to Act is Now, A [...]

Dalai Lama comments about female successor garner mixed response

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The Dalai Lama's recent comments about the possibility of his successor being a woman -- yes, she could well be, but that she would be "not much use" unless "very, very, attractive" -- have been met with mixed reactions. As The Guardian reports, Vivienne Hayes, CEO of the Women’s Resource Centre commented, in part, that “it’s disappointing that any woman’s ability to take on [...]