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E-Petition for British citizens [16 Mar 2008|07:39am]

There is a link on the front page of the Free Tibet site to a petition requesting our PM, Gordon Brown, meet with the Dalai Lama in May during his visit to the UK.

I know that this community is dedicated to happiness but there are some pretty serious things happening in Tibet right now.

The Free Tibet site has plenty of news.
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Just a heads-up. [10 Mar 2008|02:23pm]

I have never posted here before, but figured I should: I just received an email confirmation regarding tickets I applied for for an event in Seattle, WA that is happening on the weekend of April 11-15. If you want more information, go to http://www.seedsofcompassion.org. There is a free public event at the Qwest Field - all you have to do is email Seeds of Compassion and request tickets. There are several events to attend that weekend, both at the Qwest Events Center and elsewhere in the city (all listed on the website). I do not know if there are still tickets left, or what the seating will be like, but it is too excellent of an opportunity to pass up, so sign up if you can! :) I have never seen His Holiness in person, so this will be super awesome. :D
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Bon Ritual [01 Feb 2007|11:10pm]

I am looking for more information on the Bon ritual soul retrieval. URLs, books and article references would be appreciated. I came across a reference to it and would like to know more.
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Activism Time... [12 Mar 2006|02:19pm]

[ mood | determined ]

"The time is always right to do what is right" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

On March 10th, Tibetans and their supporters commemorate the fateful day in 1959 when Tibetans rose up against China’s illegal invasion and occupation of their country. Chinese troops responded with brutal force and on March 17th the Dalai Lama and members of the Tibetan government were forced to flee to India. In the months that followed the uprising, tens of thousands of Tibetan men, women and children were massacred and imprisoned. Please, click here to fill out the form to send to Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party. This should have been posted two days ago, but I was lagging behind in my email due to the sick baby girl at my house. HOWEVER, from March 10th to March 17th marks the uprising against the Chinese invasion and subsequent fleeing of the Dalai Lama from his home. So, signing this petition anywhere between these days seems just as apropo.

"Nonviolence does not mean that we remain indifferent to a problem. On the contrary,
it is important to be fully engaged. However, we must behave in a way that does not
benefit us alone. We must not harm the interests of others. Nonviolence therefore is
not merely the absence of violence. It involves a sense of compassion and caring. It
is almost a manifestation of compassion. I strongly believe that we must promote such
a concept of nonviolence at the level of the family as well as at the national and
international levels. Each individual has the ability to contribute to such
compassionate nonviolence.

How should we go about this? We can start with ourselves. We must try to develop
greater perspective, looking at situations from all angles. Usually when we face
problems, we look at them from our own point of view. We even sometimes deliberately
ignore other aspects of a situation. This often leads to negative consequences.
However, it is very important for us to have a broader perspective.

We must come to realize that others are also part of our society. We can think of our
society as a body, with arms and legs as parts of it. Of course, the arm is different
from the leg; however, if something happens to the foot, the hand should reach down
to help. Similarly, when something is wrong within our society, we must help." --Dalai Lama
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Just wondering! [09 Jan 2006|05:53pm]

[ mood | curious ]

This is cross-posted in buddhists, columbusdharma, allpaths, interfaith_talk, jesuswasabuddha, and tibetanbuddhism!

I was wondering, if you guys believe in reincarnation, . . . and this is in NO WAY meant to attack anyone, I'm just a legitimately curious person. . .What do you guys feel about the Creation? I'm just curious. I'd tried asking my friend, and she didn't know really how to answer that question. . . Thanx so much!!

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Stop the lying China!!! [27 Dec 2005|12:02pm]

This Report on the Drudge Report is claiming that the 11th Panchen Lama that was ORDAINED BY CHINA has decided to support China and urges Tibetans to follow in honoring the motherland.


First, the 11th Panchen Lama was ORDAINED BY THE DALAI LAMA and has been held as a political prisoner by China ever since he was 6 years old.

Second, this so-called honoring of the motherland is flying in the face of the atrocities the Chinese government put the monks and nuns of Tibet through back in the 1940’s. Do you not remember the horrors? Do you need a reminder?

Third, the Drudge Report is passing this erroneous information around the wires, which means it will circulate through popular news wires and be taken “on faith” as fact, when it is absolutely wrong, and is completely demeaning of the imprisonment this poor boy has endured.

If you need to update your knowledge on the facts behind the 11th Panchen Lama, please visit his monastery’s website here: http://tashilhunpo.org/ Once you know the facts, PLEASE……….COPY AND PASTE THIS. GET THIS WORD OUT. WRITE LETTERS TO THE NEWS CASTERS. EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE.

We cannot let China get away with these lies.


P.S.: This information was just given to me...so I apologize for posting it after the fact, but I wanted it in my LJ for the date of Panchen Lama's 16th birthday. If you have the time and want to know more about this, please read: http://www.livejournal.com/users/rishgrrl/210712.html
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Buddhist jokes and stories [26 Dec 2005|07:28pm]

How about a topic on the lighter side? I love Buddhist jokes and stories... anyone mind sharing a good one they know?

Here's one I found on Buddhist Connect to get it started...

In the early days of my interest in Buddhism and psychology,I was given a particularly vivid demonstation of how difficult it was going to be to forge an integration between the two. Some friends of mine had arranged for an encounter between two prominent visiting Buddhist teachers at the house of a Harvard University psychology professor. These were teachers from two distinctly different Buddhist traditions who had never met and whose traditions had in fact had very little contact over the past thousand years. Before the worlds of Buddhism and Western psychology could come together, the various strands of Buddhism would have to encounter one another. We were to witness the first such dialogue.

The teachers, seventy-year-old Kalu Rinpoche of Tibet, a veteran of years of solitary retreat, and the Zen master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen master to teach in the United States, were to test each other's understanding of the Buddha's teachings for the benefit of the onlooking Western students. This was to be a high form of what was being called _dharma_ combat (the clashing of great minds sharpened by years of study and meditation), and we were waiting with all the anticipation that such a historic encounter deserved. The two monks entered with swirling robes -- maroon and yellow for the Tibetan, austere grey and black for the Korean -- and were followed by retinues of younger monks and translators with shaven heads. They settled onto cushions in the familiar cross-legged positions, and the host made it clear that the younger Zen master was to begin. The Tibetan lama sat very still, fingering a wooden rosary (_mala_) with one hand while murmuring, _"Om mani padme hum"_ continuously under his breath.

The Zen master, who was already gaining renown for his method of hurling questions at his students until they were forced to admit their ignorance and then bellowing, "Keep that don't know mind!" at them, reached deep inside his robes and drew out an orange. "What is this?" he demanded of the lama. "What is this?" This was a typical opening question, and we could feel him ready to pounce on whatever response he was given.

The Tibetan sat quietly fingering his mala and made no move to respond.

"What is this?" the Zen master insisted, holding the orange up to the Tibetan's nose.

Kalu Rinpoche bent very slowly to the Tibetan monk near to him who was serving as the translator, and they whispered back and forth for several minutes. Finally the translator addressed the room: "Rinpoche says, 'What is the matter with him? Don't they have oranges where he comes from?"

The dialog progressed no further.

- Mark Epstein, Thoughts without a Thinker

I really like this story, what do you think? There are a lot of other people sharing stories on Buddhist Connect- http://www.BuddhistConnect.com You can date, make friends, join clubs, post discussions, sell your stuff..everything you can do with the yellow pages and more..*giggles*
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Newbie! [22 Dec 2005|03:01pm]

[ mood | curious ]

This is cross-posted in jesuswasabuddha, 4a_reason, __innerbeauty_, allpaths, and columbusdharma. . .

Hi, everyone.

I'm new to this community, just joined up a few minutes ago. My friend is a Buddhist, and I'm a Christian. The things we've talked about over the last few weeks that I've known her (we were co-workers, that's how we met!), she's told me a lot about her religion, and having formerly been Christian herself, and knowing that I myself am a Christian, it's really fascinating to see the parallels of our religions.

I don't know much about Buddhism, and everytime I hear the word "Buddha," I always think of the jolly chubby man laying on his side or sitting "Indian style" with a big smile on his face. I wasn't aware until she and I got to talking that there are different Buddhas for different things in life. She's really shown me a lot about Eastern religions and what-not, and a lot of what she's telling me about, I'm wanting to learn more, hence my joining this group.

My hope is to meet some new friends and learn as much as I can about this religion I know so little about.

Thank you. . .

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Activism update... [22 Dec 2005|01:42pm]

[ mood | determined ]

Help please...

Please click below to demand the release and reinstatement of monks detained and expelled during the recent crackdown at Drepung monastery in Tibet. Following the expulsion of five monks, rare protests broke out against China’s "patriotic education" campaign, which requires Tibetans to denounce the Dalai Lama and pledge allegiance to China. An undetermined number of monks were beaten and arrested and the monastery was closed. Despite China's claims that "patriotic education" in Tibet has been stopped, recent reports indicate it has actually intensified.

Urgent Action: Protest and Crackdown at Drepung Monastery. Chinese officials detain monks for rare protest and close monastery.

I now return you to your karmatically scheduled samsara. Namaste.

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...INTERNATIONAL AMBER ALERT... [29 Oct 2005|04:53am]

Don't ask me why this has taken ahold of me so strongly. Maybe it is because I'm a Mother. I look at my daughter and think of how ultimately crushed I would be if someone took my daughter. Then, I think of the fact that the people who took this child are known ... yet he's not been returned. It's unfathomable to me. Maybe it is because years ago, I was a witness in a murder trial of an innocent child ... so horrors befalling children just take hold of me strongly now. Maybe it is because the more I learn about Buddhism, the plight of Tibet, and the Dalai Lama (http://www.tibet.com/DL/) ... I find the utmost awe, respect, reverence and inspiration in them ... and can't understand how the world can issue the Dalai Lama the Nobel Peace Prize ... but can't get him back the 6 year old political prisoner that was kidnapped from him by the Chinese government. The world can see to it that he can be given the Nobel Peace Prize, but can't see to it to Free Tibet?!? What is with that?!?

Y E S ... this is a messed up world. If anything, this proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

To let you know: China has kidnapped and is holding the worlds youngest political prisoner. Gedun Choekyi Nyima, The Panchen Lama (http://tashilhunpo.org/amber_alert). His Amber Alert can be seen by clicking on that link.

I can't understand how the Dalai Lama can have given so much to this world, and we've not seen fit to stand up and give him something back. It's not right. I'm writing this to urge you sign the petition on the Amber Alert website for the Panchen Lama (link above) ... to write your newspapers ... write your senators (at this homepage: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm) ... write the UN (at this homepage: http://www.un.org/) ... pass this LiveJournal entry along to anywhere and everywhere ... write to corporations (they have direct influence with China. If it can't be done politically, it should be done corporately. If corporations are truely going to take over the global world economies, then such power should be called upon and made required of them ... a global activist conscience.) ... if you're a student, establish a Students For A Free Tibet (at this homepage: http://www.studentsforafreetibet.org) and get this known.

What would you do if your child was taken? What would you do if you knew who took him?
This is enough. This insanity in the world needs to be demanded to stop.
Kill the oppressive apathy that society has used for so long to quiet so many and speak up.
This is enough...
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[06 Jul 2005|06:06pm]

Wishing His Holiness the Dalai Lama a wonderful and happy birthday. May Tibet once again see freedom!

Supprt Tibetan Freedom - Boycott Chinese Goods
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New Community-- Prayer For India! [05 Jul 2005|12:59pm]


Greetings one and all,

This community is being established for those who desire to pray for India, have a heart for India, who are Indian (living anywhere), are missionaries in India, or just want to check out what God is doing in that large region. The purpose of this community will be cultural exchange between regions of India (anything from Divali to Desi food recipes to religious/cultural study to Bollywood), understanding, keeping up with news and needs of India, and correspondences between all affiliated with India in some way.

I look forwards to seeing what God will accomplish as we all gather together with one purpose.
--- all welcome to join ---

++will be cross-posted++
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lookin for a nice pic of HHDL [02 Apr 2005|03:15pm]

Hello anyone know a website where I may purchase a good pic of His Holiness? Looking for a nice size 8x10 to put up in shrine room.
Thanks Sherab.
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HHDL on patience... [25 Feb 2005|04:46pm]

When you engage in a project or an activity that helps other sentient
beings, there is no question of a time limit. You must do it continuously.
This is how you should train your mind. If you think you will achieve
enlightenment or bodhichitta within a few days or months, and if you think
that you will get enlightened after entering into a retreat for three years
and three months, you are mistaken. When I hear the suggestion that you will
attain Buddhahood if you go into retreat for three years and three months,
sometimes I jokingly say that this is just like communist propaganda. I tell
my Western friends that wanting to practice the most profound and the
quickest path is a clear sign that you will achieve no result. How can you
achieve the most profound and the vast in the shortest way? The story of the
Buddha says that he achieved Buddhahood after three countless aeons. So
harboring an expectation to achieve Buddhahood within a short time- like
three years and three months- is a clear indication that you will make no
real progress. We have to be practical. There is no use in fooling others
with your incomplete knowledge.

-- His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Stages of Meditation, published by Snow
Lion Publications
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Hello [23 Feb 2005|04:56pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

  Hello everyone,

             My name is Renee and I'm new here.  I wanted to join this community because I absolutely adore His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  He is my role model. I look up to him a lot and really admire his courage to perservere after all that has happened to him and his home country of Tibet.  Now, I'm not a full Buddhist yet, I have some temper issues to deal with first, but I am studying Buddhism as well as Hinduism, and love reading books that His Holiness has written.  I also love and own the movie 'Kundun' (wonderful, yet extremely sad movie). 

         Anywho, that's all for now.  Talk to you all later.

Peace, Love, Happiness, and Hugs,


Quote of the Day: "The concept of violence is out of date.  The destruction of your neighbor is actually the destruction of yourself." - His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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[15 Nov 2004|06:36pm]

hi! i'm new! :) i dont claim to be a Buddhist, but i love reading about it and i love studying His Holiness. i believe buddhism the most beautiful religion and i do try to practice it everyday.

i was wondering if anyone could tell me of where i could find ancient buddhist protection prayers that are translated into tibetan writing. i am getting Tara, the female deity, tattooed on me (if that offends anyone i'm sorry - but i have the most beautiful painting of her and i want her with me everywhere) and i would like a protection prayer down the middle of my back to go along with it.

thanks for any help you give me. :)
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started new community [07 Nov 2004|08:27pm]

[ mood | awake ]

It's called so_sorry_world, and is for Embarrassed Americans who find the recent events not representative of their views. Spread it like wildfire, please! Thanks.

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TIME's Asian Hero Poll [01 Oct 2004|11:45pm]

I found this somewhere else:

The Dalai Lama is one of 20 finalists in TIME Asia's 2004 Asian Heroes contest. He is currently in second place in the voting, behind Aung San Suu Kyi, but ahead of a number of Chinese "heroes" such as the first Chinese person in space and that guy who won a gold medal in track this summer. Anyway, you can still vote for His Holiness. Just go to:


and click the little circle next to His name.

If you feel moved to do so, you can stuff the ballot box simply by voting for HHDL, clicking the back icon and voting again as many times as you want. I'm not sure this promotes good karma, however, on the other hand, if HH was proclaimed as the winner it would perhaps help conditions in Tibet via the publicity incurred. Time Magazine is a major publication.

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Extremely offensive... [20 Sep 2004|01:32pm]

[ mood | angry ]


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new to this community [06 Aug 2004|11:29pm]
[ mood | thankful ]

tashi delek....

i'm so glad there is this lj community honouring h.h. the Dalai Lama....this is wonderful.
but i would also like to remind my brothers and sisters who look at this site that i'm sure His holiness would prefer we try to focus more on the plight of the tibetan people more, and the suffering in our world as well as to learn from one another about our insights or whatever we have to share that we might have learned from the Dharma in order to help someone else who might need it.....as much as he would be honoured and feel the love and admiration he is being given.
although he is regarded by the tibetan people as the very manifestation and reincarnation of the Bodhisattva of compassion - Chenrezig -, and millions of other people around the world as the nobel prize winner for peace; His holiness sees himself as a simple tibetan monk.
thank you for putting this site together and thank you to you all for keeping it going.....
auspicious greetings/tashi delek-

p.s. please kindly add me to your new community.
"....as long as suffering remains in the world, may i always be (reborn) there in order to help others..."

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