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Last summer a handful of students and I had the chance to meet with HH Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.  We spent an hour and a half listening, laughing and learning his views on inter-faith relations, the meaning of non-violent […]

On July Fourth many of us attend parades that, in addition to the local chamber of commerce float, include men, boys and sometimes girls dressed in soldier costumes reminiscent of the war that brought the colonies independence from the British.  […]

UPDATE: They cancelled the conference.  And now from the “what the heck were they thinking” department, the South African government has denied the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a peace conference to showcase – get this – South Africa’s […]

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising against Communist China’s repression in Tibet. Since last March widespread peaceful protests have erupted across the whole of Tibet. Most of the participants were youths born and brought up after […]

Commemorating March 10 (14th Day, 1st Month, Earth Ox Year, Monlam Chenmo, 2009 C.E.) ********* March 10, 2009 is the 50th commemoration of the Lhasa uprising of 1959, when the Tibetans of Lhasa and pilgrims and refugees from all over […]

Guest post by Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. I went to India in March of 2008, journeying there for the first time in 12 years. For over three […]

I haven’t been very well lately and took time off from writing and teaching. But last night — on the anniversary of 9/11 and as part of Unity Worldwide’s World Day of Prayer — I started my fall teaching season […]

Given the recent summit on Value Voters, and the crisis on Wall Street I thought it might be interesting to ask a non-Christian on what values informed his approach to the public square.  I sent an email to Robert Thurman, a […]

THE STRUGGLE FOR COMMON IDEALS As many of the present blogs indicate, religious leaders from every tradition, both Christian and not, are beginning to gather together–as distinct from the usual denominational gatherings of religious leaders common to most election seasons […]

  I was a guest on The Colbert Report tv show on Comedy Central channel, and Stephen Colbert asked me why Obama should become a Buddhist now that he’s left his church. There are actually TWELVE OFFICIAL REASONS WHY OBAMA SHOULD […]

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