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Shame on President Obama for Not Meeting with HH the Dalai Lama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

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 […]


A Non-Violent Reflection on Independence Day

posted by Paul Raushenbush

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.  […]


Dalai Lama Denied Visa to Peace Conference

posted by Paul Raushenbush

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 […]


March 10th Statement of H.H. the Dalai Lama

posted by guestblogger

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 […]

The Dalai Lama & Commemorating ‘Tibetan Independence Day’ on March 10

posted by Robert Thurman

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 […]

‘The Dalai Lama Is My Primary Model for a Life of Realization’

posted by guestblogger

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 […]

Sitting Down for Peace in our Time

posted by Lama Surya Das

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 […]

Buddhist Values in the Public Square

posted by Paul Raushenbush

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

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 […]

Why Obama Should be a Buddhist

posted by Lama Surya Das

  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 […]

Dear Rick: Would you ask Barack and John about…

posted by David Gibson

This weekend’s main event, outside of the Beijing Olympics, will be the Saturday sit-down between superpastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback megachurch and Barack Obama and John McCain–and event being called “the Saddleback Civil Forum.” Rick will have an hour […]

President Hu Jintao’s mutual respect for Tibet and the Dalai Lama

posted by Robert Thurman

This week, after coming under fire for censorship, the Chinese government lifted blocks on some websites banned to foreign journalists in Beijing covering the Olympics. As reported in Xinhua, President Hu Jintao participated in a rare joint interview with the […]

The Dalai Lama connects with Obama and McCain while at the Aspen Institute

posted by Robert Thurman

I just had the huge pleasure of spending three days with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, with old friends and luminaries in the Tibet world. A sand mandala (sacred celestial mansion diagram) of […]

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Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like ...

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