Who Does the Dalai Lama Admire? … George W. Bush

I wonder how today’s exchange at MIT will shake up the wider Buddhist community in the US? Audience member: “Can you give us an example of a leader we should look up to as a positive influence?” Dalai Lama (after thinking for a few seconds): “President Bush. I...

Dalai Lama: Being Smart Does Not Make You Happy

Michael Paulson and James F. Smith of the The Boston Globe report on the Dalai Lama’s visit to Cambridge: After the Dalai Lama slipped off his shoes, crammed his crossed legs into a too-narrow chair, and unceremoniously blew his nose, the world’s most...

Choosing Your Reincarnated Successor?

As someone who spent a little time chasing Buddha around Asia, in my own backyard, and within my heart and mind, I found Michael Powell’s piece in today’s New York Times to be a powerful reminder about how traditions can get lost on the paths they create....

Obama’s Inaugural Buddhist Connection

Earlier today, elephant journal reported that Obama was keeping a prayer shawl from the Dalai Lama in his pocked during the inauguration. I then got this email from a friend of mine: From: “Richard C. Blum” Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:40:46 -0800 To: Lodi...
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