Tibetan Buddhists may face a future of duelling Dalai Lamas: one born in exile who will receive traditional religious training, the other a mouthpiece of the Communist Party.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama leads a prayer in the Indian state of Bihar on Jan. 1, 2022.
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Beijing is eager for more control over the selection of Tibetan Buddhist leaders like the Dalai Lama.
Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to mean being removed from the world.
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Mindfulness is everywhere in pop culture today, but that doesn’t mean people agree on what it means.
The vast majority of Buddhists in historical and contemporary times have been followers of Mahāyāna Buddhism.
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The Mahāyāna branch of Buddhism likely emerged around the first centuries A.D. and was most readily carried through the Silk Road and maritime trade routes.
The internment centre at Deoli in Rajasthan where Chinese people were held for up to five years after the month-long border conflict.
Overnight, Chinese people found themselves classed as “aliens” in India, which for some was the only country they’d ever known. But worse, many were detained for up to five years.
Boddhisatva Avalokiteśvara, considered to be a compassionate protector, is believed to regularly visit Earth.
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Buddhists believe that bodhisattvas reside in heavenly realms but can also appear on Earth disguised as humans, animals or other types of beings.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu didn’t stop his fight for human rights once apartheid came to a formal end in 1994. He continued to speak critically against politicians who abused their power.
Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, holding a jewel between his folded hands.
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On World Kindness Day, a scholar of Buddhist studies explains its idea of compassion and the diverse ways to think about and express kindness.
The current dalai lama was enthroned when he was about 4 years old.
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For Tibetan Buddhists it is important that they are in charge of the selection process for the next dalai lama, but China wants to appoint its own.
The Dalai Lama speaks about quantum effects with Chinese scientists at the Main Tibetan Temple, Nov. 1, 2018, in Dharamshala, India.
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Amid trying times, the collaboration between Western science and Eastern philosophy provides numerous health benefits and a path to understanding the natural world.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The country’s national interest and human rights remain the two topics bedevilling South Africa’s foreign policy.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama sits on his ceremonial chair at Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India.
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Winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and one of the most recognizable faces of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama has turned 84 and the question of a successor is pressing – and controversial.
A sculpture of Meister Eckhart in Germany.
Meister Eckhart was a 14th-century Dominican friar, who gave sermons on the direct experience of God. His words are finding resonance among today’s spiritual seekers.
In this November 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The brewing China-U.S. trade conflict features two leaders who have expressed friendship but are equally determined to pursue their nation’s interests.
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“Honesty is the best policy” is hardly a hallmark of the Trump régime, so China would have been smart to pursue a more honest, less manipulative path in its simmering trade war with the U.S.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, before dinner at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in September 2016. Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. It’s laughable for Canada to believe it can negotiate a “progressive” trade agenda with the Chinese.
Increasingly, North American millennials identify as spiritual as opposed to religious. To them, part of this spirituality means being compassionate, empathetic and open-hearted.
Millennial Canadians are identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious. This entails the desire to develop inner knowledge and to embody the virtues of compassion, empathy and open-heartedness.
The Chinese and South African governments, led by presidents Xi Jingping and Jacob Zuma, cement ties during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
When it comes to the global political economy, no one “talks left and walks right” more than China, a dominant player in global capitalism. South African and Chinese aspirations have much in common.
Magical movements (trul khor) Lukhang mural detail, Tibet, 17th century.
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The Wellcome’s show looks into complexity of the ideas behind the do-it-yourself of the mindfulness movement.
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor.
An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.
Can the West look the Dalai Lama in the eye?
Liberal values are under siege around the world. Their most dogged defender must not be left out in the cold.