Rest in Peace, David Carradine

Carrie Rickey, at the Philadelphia Inquirer writes: Maybe you knew David Carradine from his role as the title character, the stonefaced assassin in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Or maybe you knew him as Woody Guthrie, the plainspoken folk singer and folk hero...

Skeletons in the Buddhist Closet

After yesterday’s post about Lama Osel Hita Torres leaving his leadership role in Tibetan Buddhism as well as his order, a reader wrote: We need more news like this. Westerners, disillusioned with “their own” religious institutions, often turn to Buddhism,...

Richard Dawkins as Bodhisattva?

The Guardian’s Ed Halliwell skilfully weighs in on Dawkins’ fundamentalism: I doubt it was his intention, but in 100 years time Richard Dawkins could be hailed as a prime architect of 21st-century religion. Though strident to the point of comic...

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...
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