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Tibetans, Friends Celebrate Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday Around World

Dharamsala, India.  The Dalai Lama turned 80 this week and Tibetans around the world celebrated the auspicious birthday. As the Tibetan spiritual leader visited New York to lecture on Buddhism,  Tibetans back in northern India where he lives in exile,  discussed what their spiritual leader means to them. Tibet House and the the Tibet Fund […]

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President Obama, Dalai Lama to Attend National Prayer Breakfast

Washington, D.C.  President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will both attend the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday in Washington, but it is not clear whether the two will meet. “Tenzin Gyatso – 14th Dalai Lama (14601345463)” by Christopher Michel from San Francisco. Tenzin Gyatso – 14th Dalai Lama. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 […]

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Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

Dharamsala, India.  For Tibetans, December 10 is usually charged with happiness and tension, as security police swarm markets and temples on the lookout for extraordinary displays of religious fervor or celebration. Their vigilance marks the Dalai Lama’s 1989 Nobel Prize anniversary, a day when many Tibetans have the spiritual leader in their thoughts and grapple […]

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Essay Five Years Ago: Will a Vow of Poverty Fill the Void In My Soul?

New York, N.Y.  As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me – my soul? – is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in touch with the best way to serve humanity. In theological terms, I would say I have yet to stumble upon God’s full […]

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Kalachakra: Dalai Lama’s 10-Day Teaching in Bodhgaya

By Dr. Kazuko Hillyer. New York, N.Y. After unbelievable trips to five countries this fall – Argentina, Japan, Peru, Mexico, and Israel – I was ready looking forward to taking 36 international friends to Bodhgaya, India for the Dalai Lama’s teaching and initiation of Kalachakra.   The rumor was going around that this might be the […]

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My Pilgrimage Complete: Life Continues Like a Wheel

Bodh Gaya, India.  Four years ago I wrote the most-read piece of my life: Will a Vow of Poverty Fill the Void in My Soul? One of the reasons I was interested in this pilgrimage is to meet so many people who have taken a similar vow – the hundreds of thousands of monks who have descended in Bodh […]

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On the Banks of the Ganges: Reflections of a Journey in Time

Varanasi, India.  I realize this is winter in northern India just like in New York, but I had thought that India would be warmer and greener.  The countryside is often drab, so different from the vibrant rice fields of Bali.  Here, they appear to be either dusty or muddy.  I was unprepared for the cold […]

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Buddhism and the Universal Concept of Social Responsibility

Bodh Gaya, India. Studying in Japan back in college, I had a very unique Buddhist experience, one of which I did not understand until years afterwards.  I had joined a Buddhist student group that took me to the far north of Japan where we re-planted the mountainsides (“Shinnen No Mori”).  This was an international concept […]

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