Monthly Archives: September 2009

Dalai Lama prays at MLK assassination balcony

via the Associated Press:

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Dalai Lama says his visit to the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated was sad but also inspirational.
The Tibetan spiritual leader was in Memphis, on Wednesday to receive the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, which incorporates the site of the Lorraine Motel.

The Dalai Lama draped a white shawl over a wreath that hangs over the balcony that marks the spot where King was standing when he was shot in 1968. Continue reading

Calling all crafters and artists!

From Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center – Ann Arbor:

For the benefit of Jewel Heart we will be holding a holiday craft and art sale on Sunday, November 22nd. We are looking for all creative members of Jewel Heart, and our extended “friends and family” as well, to create crafts and artwork for this fundraising event. Most of the arts and crafts items will be sold at our Arts and Crafts sale. It is the artists’/crafters’ choice, within the minimum of 20%, of how much of the proceeds to donate to Jewel Heart.

More elaborate crafts and artwork can be offered at a silent auction, and bid on throughout the evening. A few of the larger items may be live auctioned at the end of the evening.

This is a great opportunity for creative folks to earn a little cash, and benefit Jewel Heart at the same time. If you or your friends are interested, please start crafting now! Questions? Contact Colleen Retherford at Thanks in advance!

Samdhong Rinpoche: West appeasing China on Tibet

From Agence France Presse:

DHARAMSHALA, India — Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche on Tuesday accused the United States and other Western nations of appeasing China in regard to the mountain territory.

The charge came after aides to The Dalai Lama said the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader would not meet President Barack Obama on a planned visit to Washington next month.

Every US president since George H.W. Bush in 1991 has met the Dalai Lama, who enjoys a wide US following. The Nobel Peace Prize winner was reportedly hoping to see Obama in the United States.

“A lot of nations are adopting a policy of appeasement,” Rinpoche told a group of journalists late Tuesday.

He was speaking in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala, which has been home to the government-in-exile since the Dalai Lama fled to India 50 years ago after China crushed an uprising in Tibet.

“Even the US government is doing some kind of appeasement,” Rinpoche said. Continue reading

MP3 meditation timers on

I stumbled across these and thought others might find them useful. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on your meditation practice when trying to keep your eye on a clock. Play this mp3 file and the sound of a bell will help you keep time.

Click the link to play (or right click to download it to your own computer):
Mindfulness of breathing, 20 minutes, bell every 5 minutes

The Wildmind Buddhist Meditation site has several more examples, ranging in length from 20 minutes to an hour.

AFP: Obama aides at Dalai Lama headquarters for talks

From Agence France Presse (AFP)

DHARAMSHALA, India – Senior officials from US President Barack Obama’s government held talks Sunday with the premier of the Tibetan government in exile ahead of a planned meeting with the Dalai Lama.

The three US officials, headed by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, are scheduled to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader on Monday, local officials said.

Tibetan premier Samdhong Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama’s special envoy Lodi Gyari held closed-door talks with the delegation, Tibetan officials said, but declined to give any details of the hour-long discussions. Continue reading

Dalai Lama Latte

A hotel in Taiwan offered guests a special drink during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to pray for victims of a typhoon: