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 Lisa Tully on Feb 19, 2013
A military resistance against a dictatorship rather than striking them where they are weakest strikes them where they are strongest. There is a better way…
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 30, 2013
One week makes all the difference. A little over a year ago, I spent a week on the Tibetan Plateau. Here is the email I wrote to friends and family after the experience: Friends, As you can see by the subject line, I’ve covered some major ground in the past week. It’s been a journey. Here [...]
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 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 elephantjournal.com on Oct 30, 2012
An ode to non-dualism. If we think about it We are not free Because we cannot choose To not be who we think we are We can not give up Our who-ever-we-are ness So we are bound by our fiction By who we see/think/act we are yet… Real freedom is Having nothing to abandon No [...]
by Lisa Tully on Oct 9, 2012
Sitting in the Dalai Lama’s security office one day I stumbled across a certain book…
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 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 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 Josh Schrei on May 4, 2012
Who else but Adam could rhyme about shantideva on a major label release and somehow make it cool? Who could plant such seeds of positivity at a time when rap was all hos and guns?
Who could move so deftly, float so easily? Adam didn’t just transform himself. He quietly, softly, deftly insisted that we all be better people too.
by Robert Piper on Apr 24, 2012
It is believed in the Buddhist culture that when one looks within through meditation and gains this Vajra, they become indestructible.
by Linda Lewis on Feb 1, 2012
His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche used to say, “Practicing with obstacles is supreme practice.”
Various obstacles can arise in meditation not only for the novice but for the senior practioner.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 19, 2012
I’ve not been outside for three days. Does this give credence to the vampire-geek attributions bloggers get these days? I will go for a run today. Running affords me an ‘idea transfusion’. Not only does it get me out the house, it also adds cardio to my exercise. The endorphin kick afterwards is priceless. Yesterday evening [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 5, 2012
My first reaction on watching the video was it was very focused on Kalu’s pain and grievance. This was in stark contrast to the vast view and understanding of karma, impermanence, selflessness and emptiness that we are used to seeing embodied in great Buddhist practitioners.
by Lindsey Block on Dec 12, 2011
Samovar Tea Lounge: Mission-Castro District, San Francisco. Changing the World One Cup of Tea at a Time. “Slow Down & Sip Some Tea.” A few months back, Waylon and I made our way out to the lovable city of San Francisco for the inspiring Slow Money and Bioneers Conferences as well as a little fun…and [...]
by Scott Robinson on Nov 16, 2011
Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living. –Mother Jones
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 10, 2011
“Made in Tibet”: hip hop as protest. Beautiful. “brothers and sisters, we don’t know if you can hear us, but we hope you’ll receive this message…” With thanks for the heads up on this video to Kirsten Westby. ~ 10 ways to help our Tibetan sisters and brothers. More “scrumptious” Tibetan rap.
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 26, 2011
You can survive off of green tea, steamed rolls, and Nescafe.
If you have the strong felling you must go somewhere, go.
I want to go to India.
by John Allen Gibel on Oct 18, 2011
Commonly found amongst the indigenous mountain cults of Nepal and Tibet is the ritual of burnt offerings at the mountain summit. This practice of making fragrant offerings to propitiate unseen forces is one that is found the world over, from the Vedas to the Old Testament. In the traditions of the folk-magic and religion of Tibet in particular, we find a highly developed expression of this tradition
by Yesica Pineda on Sep 29, 2011
La consciencia no desparace exactamente, sino que atravieza un cambio. ~
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 6, 2011
An Evening for Tibet Tibetan Village Project cordially invites you to its 4th annual benefit (Evening for Tibet) on Sunday, September 18th, 4pm.
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 2, 2011
Previously known as Skull Moving in Tibet and Nepal, Tibetan Cranial originated in the Tibetan Highlands approximately 3000 years ago. It is a healing modality that focuses on subtle adjustments to the bones in the skull, neck and jaw based on pulse reading.
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 31, 2011
We didn’t know exactly where we were going—we just had that feeling that there was “something more meaningful out there” and we wanted to find it. We were also new Buddhists, and like many backpackers on the path, we headed straight for Dharamsala, India, to attend teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 17, 2011
Free, live streaming video of HH the 17th Karmapa elucidating the dharma in the United States…
by Naomi Levine on Jun 15, 2011
You can’t do anything more profound, more awe inspiring or more unearthly than the Kailash kora. It is an initiation into the bardo, like being shot out of a cannon and landing with a thud on the moon.
by Waylon Lewis on Apr 2, 2011
Dalai Lama: Climate Change will kill India’s water source. The Tibetan Glaciers serve millions of Indians—and Chinese—and just about everyone in that there part of the world (approx 1/3 of the world’s population). And they’re melting, the Dalai Lama reminded Indians. “…millions of Indians use water coming from the Himalayan glacier, so you have certain [...]
by Benjamin Riggs on Apr 1, 2011
Apparently, things are not as they appear…
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 27, 2011
Shapale! Me wanty. Don’t forget your roots. Have fun. Be kind. Respect your elders. With thanks for the tip to Tyler Dewar, via twitter.
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 20, 2011
Communist Chinese beat one of monks imprisoned after Tibetan Buddhist monk sets himself on fire, is beaten, dies. Let’s remember this name. Phuntsog. NYT: “Phuntsog Jarutsang’s self-immolation is a window into the deep suffering and frustrations that Tibetans everywhere are feeling, and is an urgent cry for help that the global community cannot ignore.” … [...]
by Naomi Levine on Mar 11, 2011
The media firestorm burnt itself out this week…
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 10, 2011
The Dalai Lama ends his political role as Tibet’s leader. For years, as only the Dalai Lama would, he’s pushed and promised that true democracy, not religious or kingly leadership, is the best form of government for future Tibetan generations. And while for years he’s acted as number two in Tibetans’ political life, he has [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 4, 2011
Children in Tibet received warm winter clothing from funds do…
by Naomi Levine on Mar 2, 2011
A revered holy man touted as successor to the Dalai Lama is suspected of using this money to influence monasteries on the Chinese border areas because he is, in all probability, a spy for China…
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 20, 2011
Spirituality and technology have long been thought of as fu…
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 15, 2011
Tibettruth‘s Ten Actions In Support Of A Free Tibet. Join The Boycott Of China’s Slave Labor Goods http://bit.ly/c2j8P7 Learn About Tibet’s Independence http://bit.ly/968dGE Put Tibet Back On The World Map http://bit.ly/auEaK3 Discover How Alcohol Is Used As Another Oppressive Tool Against Tibetans http://bit.ly/cSdWL3 See How Tourism Is Being Used by China To Further Exploit Tibetans [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 15, 2011
“Walk for Tibet, for world peace, human rights and Tibetan independence.” It’s apt that the aging Dalai Lama, it’s just been announced by China, will be replaced by a Communist-named successor. It’s apt that the Dalai Lama’s nephew, walking for peace, was killed by an SUV, on Valentine’s Day, no less. It’s apt that Groupon’s [...]
by Todd Mayville on Feb 14, 2011
This debut book of teaching from Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog is a warmly written, straightforward teaching on developing kindness and compassion in our lives. Best known for his beautiful work with the flute, Khechog readily demonstrates that he is as talented a teacher as he is a musician. Filled with personal stories and inspiring profiles [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 6, 2011
Videos. I got chills watching this, as did others sitting around me. We also, admittedly, agreed that Eminem’s delivery was a tad over-serious/cheesy. But we’re feelin’ it: “What does a town that’s been to hell and back know about the finer things in life? Wonder if the car is actually made in Michigan, though? Update: [...]
by Todd Mayville on Feb 6, 2011
Part spiritual biography, part history, part human rights discussion, In the Shadow of the Buddha is Matteo Pistono’s eloquent offering documenting not only the history of a Tibetan spiritual master, but also his own spiritual journey during which he came to bear witness to the atrocities committed by the Chinese government against the people and [...]
by Anna Gilkerson on Jan 7, 2011
Tibetan Momos or dumplings are a very yummy dish that can serve many eating purposes. You could serve them at a party or bring them to a potluck, make them at home and put them in a soup or simple broth, fry them up, pair different levels of spicy sauce with them, use them as [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Oct 20, 2010
Nawang Khechog, in person. For the last two or three years, I’ve been truly honored to host/emcee/auctioneer the Tibetan Village Project annual fundraiser dinner party at Tibet’s. It’s fun, and feels good. Click here for photos of our party two years ago. Photos of last year’s party. Evening for Tibet, 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner for [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 2, 2010
China Suppresses Dissent? No. The Celebrity Blacklist, plus Videos. Sources include Dalai Lama Renaissance, Wenn.com, Canoe.ca and LA Times: …China leads the [international] list door-slammers. Brad Pitt was banned from China because of the actor’s starring role in “7 Years in Tibet” upset Chinese officials for a positive portrayal of the Dalai Lama. Director Martin [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 28, 2010
From political prisoner to Sundance winner. Tibet in Song arriving in theaters. The message below is from filmmaker Ngawang Choephel. I have watched this film grow from its infancy and it won a special jury prize at Sundance in 2009. Ngawang, a Fullbright Fellow, was arrested inside Tibet for making this film and it took [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 16, 2010
When in Rome Tibet… Why? Via LA Times: In the movie, “Seven Years in Tibet,” the Brad Pitt character encounters a group of Tibetans who all at once stick out their tongues at him. No explanation is offered, but this custom has a long history. A 9th century Tibetan king, Lang Darma, known for his [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 15, 2010
Miss Tibet: ’cause beauty pageants are what you think of when you think of the Snow Kingdom. Class all the way! *sponsored by Kingfisher Premium. Didn’t even know there was a Miss Tibet. Seems incongruous, somehow. But good to know she’s using her fame for activism.
by Waylon Lewis on Jul 13, 2010
If you want to be healthy, here’s a rather obvious tip: watch healthy, active people closely. And, after asking them a few “dumb” questions, imitate them. This glass of ice water will kill you. “Water without ice, please.” Update: “An award winning middle schooler’s science project showed that on average 70% of the time ice [...]