by elephantjournal.com on May 16, 2013
But the Dalai Lama said that we should first detach ourselves from the situation in order to become objective. Forget about politics. Forget about money. Forget about territory, borders, or ego. Become objective and look at the world from the standpoint of a steward–a steward who regards his or her immediate surroundings with an insurmountable level of love and care.
by Tara Lemieux on May 8, 2013
“I am just a simple Buddhist monk, no more, no less.” ~ His Holiness, the Dalai Lama It was a moment I had dreamed of all my life, I reflected, as I was whisked through our first security gate and through to a side corridor leading onto the main floor of the Comcast Arena. Our [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 17, 2013
This was the case with my dear friend and spiritual mentor’s funeral this week, as we celebrated her “unauthorized exit from the planet.” Jean Brookwell was a wise woman with a fantastic sense of humor and a wonderfully deep New England accent. She moved around a lot, and there were long periods of time when we wouldn’t see each other over the course of our 17-years of spiritual experimentation.
by Tara Lemieux on Apr 15, 2013
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV I’m not yet ready to comment on the tragedy of this day. I think there will be many [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 26, 2013
It is time to be heard. It is time to stand up to corporate greed, legislative idiocy, leadership mediocrity, environmental exploitation, citizen inaction and more.
by Lisa Tully on Mar 19, 2013
To be clear these women were not nuns, in fact most of them had consorts who they practiced with to deepen their spirituality through sacred sexual union.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 6, 2013
“What does mindfulness mean, how does it relate to human happiness, and what does it mean to practice mindfulness in today’s society?” Via our elephriends and partner. If inspired, help them fund their kickstarter campaign! From the Himalayas to US Neuroscience labs, two filmmakers explore the effects of meditation and its potential for collective evolution. [...]
by Lisa Tully on Mar 5, 2013
So what has happened to humanity today that 107 Tibetans can self-immolate and still nothing has changed? What can possibly be done to reverse this fact?
by Jennifer S. White on Feb 26, 2013
We’ve known for years that getting less than six hours of sleep a night is bad for us—but new scientific research shows it might also be bad for our genes. I hopped on the BBC website this morning and saw that one of the top articles was on bad sleep being even worse for our [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 24, 2013
Follow @waylonlewis on Instagram for the full-sized image, high resolution. Whether it’s Robert F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Judaism…every hero and tradition has a similar mission or vision: dedicate oneself to others, and ironically, you gain in joy and love. For more: Bodhisattva Vow. And more: Dedicate any Merit.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 7, 2013
“You think about it really, who we are—are we just a dot on a piece of paper?” ~ Donna Karan It’s a question we all ask. Who are we? What is our significance? Are we mere dots in an abstract painting on a piece of paper that stretches forever? And if so, how can we [...]
by Ed & Deb Shapiro on Jan 8, 2013
We walk and dance along the path, picking ourselves up each time we fall, discovering that giving is getting, kindness is awesome, and life is a precious gift.
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 7, 2013
@waylonlewis on Instagram Reading this (entire) article via the New York Times (article linked) made my morning/month. Restorative Justice is not easy, but it’s real. RJ FTW! This story, featured in the Sunday New York Times, involves much more than this anecdote, and broke my heart in a good way, and is worth reading. It [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 30, 2012
The Dalai Lama was adamant about the importance of care-giving, compassion and warm-heartedness and insisted women must take a more active role in society, because, with women in more leadership roles, there will be less danger of violence.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 26, 2012
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by Lisa Tully on Dec 11, 2012
We are spiritual beings above all else. And the Tibetans clearly get that or how else could they use simple, albeit mastered, thoughts to stop the movement of the earth? That potential is each and every one of us. As the Tibetans would say, it is our inherent Buddha nature.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 9, 2012
This article is in honor of World Human Rights Day. Living in a foreign country can be interesting and challenging, but also incredibly enriching and rewarding. I am fortunate enough to live at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas in a small hill station town known as McLeod Ganj, home of His Holiness the Dalai [...]
by Jay Winston on Nov 19, 2012
Despite its peace and lotus flowers image in the west, Buddhism has had a long and complex relationship with violence.
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 8, 2012
The Dalai Lama’s letter of Congratulations to Barack Obama on his Reelection as President. “Please accept my congratulations on your re-election to the presidency of the United States. “When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you [...]
by Chris Grosso on Nov 8, 2012
It doesn’t matter whether you’re Buddhist, Christian, a devotional practitioner etc, the more you let go of what keeps you small, the bigger your mind becomes.
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 27, 2012
Take it deep. Take it to the core. If dharma is being violated, don’t we have the duty to speak up or just not participate?
by Lisa Tully on Oct 22, 2012
I spend a lot of time within the Tibetan community in exile and have learned a mindful trick or two. And with things getting seemingly more and more difficult across the globe I think it only right I share about one that may bring ease to our collective unrest.
by Lisa Tully on Oct 9, 2012
Sitting in the Dalai Lama’s security office one day I stumbled across a certain book…
by Lisa Tully on Sep 22, 2012
A dialogue where the wisdom of the East meets the science of the West. “And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character and will. No one is compos sui if he have it not. An education, which should improve this faculty, would [...]
by Chris Grosso on Sep 6, 2012
It isn’t a matter of acting enlightened and talking in ummodulated tones or acting sanctimonious. If my kids ever caught me doing that, they’d kick me.
by Lisa Tully on Sep 3, 2012
“In chaos there is fertility.” ~ Anais Nin So much seems to be out of our control these days, it’s as though the relentless challenges of this century have left no global stone unturned. But have you stopped at any point to search for any silver linings? Whether it be in your own personal experience [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Sep 3, 2012
We’re not Self-Made. We’re Made by Interdependence. We create our own success, or not. That’s true. But it’s within the context of our family, our community, our town, our society, our government, and our corporations. ~ Relephant bonus: “Innumerable labors brought us this food, may we know how it comes to us. Let us [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 27, 2012
A Question to the Dalai Lama I’m about to say something that could likely garner some backlash, but I feel it needs to be said and thought deeply about, so I’m saying it nonetheless. To be blunt, I somewhat wish the Dalai Lama had never made his famous proclamation at the Vancouver Peace Summit in [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 22, 2012
One could interpret the Great Forest as the Earth. It is the foundation which all of our cultures, societies, and economies rely upon. But much like in Hummingbird, this foundation is being threatened; the real life version of the terrible fire takes on the forms of runaway climate change, rampant biodiversity loss, toxic pollution, and resource exhaustion.
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 6, 2012
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ Dalai Lama Bonus:
by Joseph Boquiren on Jul 2, 2012
The Arab Spring, The Syrian uprising, the Saffron Uprising in Myanmar, even my own native country’s almost bloodless overthrow of its homegrown dictator (Ferdinand Marcos) prompted me to write this strip.
by Waylon Lewis on Jun 28, 2012
The Spiritual Power of a Beautiful View. Video: 139 Seconds of Wow: “This is our Planet.” Lately, I’ve been a bit burnt out, negative, discouraged…still inspired…just tired. I read the news, daily, and most (not all) is negative. And I care. And I feel my idealism and naiveté run up against the horrendous things we human [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jun 22, 2012
Two Nobel laureates in lifelong exile from the countries they love. “True heroes of nonviolence, selfless compassion, and examples of clear wisdom…” These two Buddhist leaders waited years a lifetime for this meeting: (Picture credit: “The official Twitter page of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama”) His Holiness the Dalai Lama with [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 19, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on May 15, 2012
A short discussion about how to interact on the Internet with mindfulness.
by elephantjournal.com on May 8, 2012
Remember, supporting the Dalai Lama and his sexual exploits doesn’t make you pimp. It makes you a partner in world peace.
by elephantjournal.com on May 2, 2012
Some of these facts have the unintended effect of making an individual feel insignificant compared to the relative size and lifespan of the cosmos.
by Waylon Lewis on Apr 28, 2012
The Dalai Lama on Bush, Women & the Arab Spring. In a wide-ranging interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight”, the Dalai Lama cheerfully admitted being human when it comes to attraction to women, and… “The world belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, kings or religious leaders. The world belongs to humanity. Each country [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 18, 2012
Without Belief in an External God, the Universe is a Dull Place. Rationality is for squares, right? Bonus: this should be on that tumblr called Famous People Hanging Out Together or something:
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 22, 2012
I’ve been led down an interesting, unusual path lately. A few years ago (like most everyone else, I’m sure) my little family and I began to endure a litany of financial hardships that nearly broke us in more profound ways than just in our bank account.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 20, 2012
Yoga se trata de equilibrio y de trabajar con la naturaleza de la luz y la oscuridad, el yin y el yang, prana y apana, espiral interior y exterior para iluminar la verdad. Se trata de encontrar el camino medio, y mientras que el dolor puede, de hecho, ser una señal de que la sanidad se está produciendo, vale la pena consultar a un maestro con experiencia para que le ayude a determinar si el dolor es, en efecto, un signo de ruptura de los enlaces de la disfuncional habitual psico-fisiológico, o si es un signo de violencia. En última instancia, el dolor puede guiarnos y promover evolución.
by Jennifer Bonetto on Feb 2, 2012
National and Global Predictions for 2012 It’s official the year of the water dragon begins February 4th! On this day the energy officially changes over. We use the solar calendar, because it is more accurate in Feng Shui, than the lunar calendar. Weather The Southeastern part of the United States may be affected by flooding, earthquakes, [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 30, 2012
Words to live by. Unless you’re a spelling bee contestant…and even then. In Buddhism, they talk about 1) view, 2) meditation, and 3) action. View, or approach, or intention or mission…is considered most powerful, since it is from the minds of humankind that all our actions originate. For more: > Wisdom of the Dalai Lama, [...]
by Rachael Arabian on Jan 24, 2012
It’s difficult to understand why incidents such as Abu Ghraib or Marines urinating on dead bodies occur in an organization such as the military.