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.
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.
A difficult, immediate situation in Vietnam, has arisen. Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hanh’s Vietnam-based Bat Nha monastery is under severe economic, violent, and governmental pressure to abandon the monastery by September 2. The cause: Two statements supporting religious freedom, a core principle of democracy.
For that, they have been harassed day and night with loud speakers, threatened that they would be killed on July 5th by 400 tribal people with metal sticks or sickles, had their electricity and water cut off, their homes robbed, and have suffered innumerable verbal abuses. The monastery serves as a training and practice center in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s home monastery, Plum Village in France. Continue reading Help Thich Nhat Hanh and Bat Nha Monastery
This brilliant, almost-too-subtle (just a line at bottom) ad campaign was created by UNCLE Grey A/S Denmark. It vividly reminds us that in getting up off the couch, in working our butts off for the benefit of others, no matter the setbacks…it’s all worth it.
Even if we don’t amount to half or 1/100th of Mandela, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, at least it won’t be for a lack of trying, and a surfeit of surfing, skiing and barbecuing!
Three men who have inspired millions through their efforts. How different would our world be if they had just sat silently without taking action? Visit elephant journal to see the Mandela and Gandhi photos. :)
Thich Nhat Hanh has been hospitalized with a lung infection. He is doing well and is expected to recover. We join with millions of others wishing him a speedy healing process. He is visiting the U.S. You can see his tour dates here.
Thich Nhat Hanh is presently in Massachusetts General Hospital with an infection of pseudomonas aeruginosa, a serious but treatable pathogen. He had planned to lead a retreat during this time but will remain in the hospital for at least two weeks.
He has written a moving letter to his community which you can download here.
“I am a Buddhist and I am interest in the service of a monk that also has the license to be a Wedding Officiates. Any guidance or direction would greatly be appreciated. I am trying to incorporate my Buddhist belief into my wedding.”
The wedding is scheduled for 9/26/2009. If you are or know of a monk who could help, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in contact.
The Michigan Buddhist site has languished unattended for longer than I’d like to admit.
Initially, it was nothing more than laziness; learning to code websites from scratch was far more difficult than I’d bargained for. So, the process of hand coding each update and keeping track of all the revisions made me less eager to stick with the task.
Eventually, it became something I dreaded.
I was, frankly, ashamed. Here I had accepted this task of supporting other Dharma practitioners, and then went and allowed the site to languish, which was exactly what I had wanted to avoid having happen to the site when I volunteered to administer it.