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Understanding the Vinaya

Amy Paris Langenberg on the history, evolution, and modern manifestations of the training rules followed by Buddhist monastics.

The Heart of the Dalai Lama

Lilly Greenblatt on the life and legacy of one of the most beloved spiritual leaders of our time.

Celebrating Vesak (“Buddha Day”) 2024

Vesak, also known as “Buddha Day," marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. This year, it falls on May 23.

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Light Up Peace event invites people of all faiths to gather at Washington Monument for Vesak

The Light Up Peace ceremony invites people of all faiths to gather at the Washington Monument to commemorate Vesak Day and honor Buddhists in America with a candle walk for peace.

Rubin Museum to close New York location, transform to global museum

After 20 years, the Rubin will close its doors this fall to pursue a “museum without walls” approach.

The 2022-2022 Contemplative Medicine Fellowship cohort in a group photo at their graduation.

Study finds Contemplative Medicine training reduces burnout in medical professionals

The study measured the effects of the New York Zen Center's twelve-month "Contemplative Medicine Fellowship" on burnout among medical professionals.

Plum Village announces ceremonies marking two-year anniversary of Thich Nhat Hanh’s death

“On this solemn and joyful occasion,” writes Plum Village, “we would like to invite our sangha friends around the world to gather and practice together.”

Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International, dies at 95

Daisaku Ikeda, the president of Soka Gakkai International, a global Buddhist association that practices the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism, died November 15 at the age of 95.

Photo via Dharma Rain Zen Center.

Alimentando fantasmas hambrientos en Halloween

Durante la ceremonia de Segaki del Centro Zen Dharma Rain, que se celebra cada año en torno a Halloween, los "fantasmas hambrientos" entran al zendo para darse un festín de dulces y aprender a comportarse en un templo budista.

Collage of photos of Dharma Relief Fellowship cohort.

Dharma Relief announces “Healing Racial Trauma Through Buddhist Communities” Fellowship recipients

The fellowship aims to provide Black dharma teachers and leaders with resources to “carry on their profound work of offering healing and support through a Buddhist lens for African-descendant communities in the U.S.”

Born I's Amida Album

Hip-hop artist and meditation teacher Born I releases new album “AMIDA”

Born I’s September release, “AMIDA,” is an “introspective blend of Buddhist philosophy, Lofi elements, and Eastern modalities.”

Celebrating Robert A. F. Thurman on his 82nd birthday

Today, we celebrate renowned Buddhist activist and scholar Robert Thurman’s 82nd birthday.

Chögyam Trungpa Digital Library at Naropa University launches with catalog of over 170 recorded teachings

The new Chogyam Trungpa Digital Library at Naropa University is offering an online archive of recorded teachings by the late Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in both audio, video, and transcript format.

Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, senior lama in the Nyingma school, has died

Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, a senior lama of the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, died on Saturday April 8.

Sending & Taking: A Guide to Tonglen Meditation

Tonglen, or “sending and taking,”  is a meditation practice to kindle sympathy. Breathing in, we take in the pain of others and send them relief while breathing out.

The Vinaya Pitaka

The Vinaya is more than just the monastic rule book, says Amy Paris Langenberg. It’s a treasure trove of stories shedding light on ethical dilemmas, community tensions, and human foibles.

Dalai Lama shares message for Earth Day

All of us should be concerned about our collective existence, His Holiness writes in his call to action on battling climate change.

Plum Village shares eulogy for Thich Nhat Hanh, images from funeral procession

We would like to express our deep love and gratitude as we make the vow to carry your teachings, compassion, and insight far into the future, the eulogy reads.

Thich Nhat Hanh.

Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022)

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, died January 22 in his home country of Vietnam. He was 95. 

Our Bodies are Basically Good

Non-diet dietician Jenna Hollenstein's book "Eat to Love" paves a Buddhist path toward transforming our often troubled relationship with food and body.

Meals That Heal the Heart

Food can offer healing and strength, but it can also conjure mixed emotions depending on the eater.'s Lilly Greenblatt explores the practice of eating.

Thanks to Guanyin

The opening editorial from the May 2021 issue of Lion's Roar.

There is Nothing A Woman Can’t Accomplish

Today, we celebrate International Women's Day by looking at the inspiring women of Buddhism.

Hope in Hopelessness's digital editor Lilly Greenblatt looks at the hope in hopelessness.

The Dalai Lama congratulates President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

I pray for your success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of all Americans, His Holiness writes.

Soto Zen Buddhist Association releases statement responding to Capitol attack

The Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) has released a statement in response to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, which saw thousands of Trump supporters storm the building to thwart Congress’ certification of the results of the 2020 U.S. election. The statement reads: As Zen Buddhist clergy, we condemn the attack on…

Watch “Courage in Our Difficult Time,” from Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield shares a new talk and guided meditation to help us navigate the global anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic with courage.

How to Wash Your Hands — Mindfully

The simple act of washing your hands helps you to take care of yourself and the world around you. Trudy Goodman shares her instructions.

How Buddhist Centers are Responding to Coronavirus

Due to the current outbreak of coronavirus affecting over 100 countries, many Buddhist centers are taking precautions to protect against the virus and its spread.

Ram Dass lives on in collaborative album with East Forest

Musician East Forest's collaborative album with the late Ram Dass encompasses his lifetime of wisdom in 14 tracks, bringing his teachings to life.

Ram Dass, spiritual pioneer, dies at 88

The spiritual teacher and psychologist, Ram Dass, and author of "Be Here Now," died on December 22, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. He was 88.