Browsing All Posts filed under »Buddhism in the west«

The Distortions We Bring To The Study of Buddhism – By Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

November 26, 2010


This excellent article was originally published in the September 1997 edition of Shambhala Sun Magazine.   Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse calls on Westerners to acknowledge the distortions we may bring to the study of Buddhism—through our cultural arrogance, the deceit of ego, and simple ignorance. The successful transplant of such a subtle and challenging practice as […]

Tibetan Buddhism in the West: Is it working here?

September 16, 2010


This interview with Alan Wallace was originally published in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Summer 2001. In the article, Wallace offers his reflections on the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, particularly on what is needed to maintain the integrity of the Buddhist teachings. More information about Alan Wallace can be found on his website: Tibetan Buddhism […]

Buddhism in The West by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

August 23, 2010


This article was originally published in the Spring 2009 edition of the Dharma Dhristi Magazine, a section of the Mindrolling International website. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is a lama of the Longchen Nyingthik lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the Khyen-Kong Chok-Sum lineages (those of Jamgon Kongtrul, Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa – […]

Tibetan and Newar Tantric Art – The Robert Beer Online Galleries

July 30, 2010


I just stumbled upon the fantastic new website: “Tibetan and Newar Tantric Art – The Robert Beer Online Galleries“. It belongs to the British artist and author Robert Beer, who has studied and practiced Tibetan Art for the past forty years and is now recognized as one of the foremost scholars in this field. Robert Beer […]

The ri-mé approach – excerpt from the introduction to “The Autobiography of Jamgön Kongtrul”

July 26, 2010


In the introduction to his masterful translation of the autobiography of the Great Jamgön Kongtrul, Lödro Thayé (1813-1899), Richard Barron comments on the meaning of the ri-mé approach: In the mid 1980s, I had the opportunity to interpret a public talk given by the late Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoché in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. During that […]

Letter from Gary Beesley about withdrawal of “A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace”

July 1, 2010


Previously I blogged about the Buddhist Scholar Gary Beesley who was forced to withdraw a book about the New Kadampa tradition and the deity Dorje Shugden. The following rather alarming information was posted today at the “Western Shugden Society – unlocked” website: I received the following letter with the request to post it on this […]

Letting Daylight into Magic: The Life and Times of Dorje Shugden by Stephen Batchelor

June 7, 2010


The following article by British Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor was originally printed in the Magazine Tricyle – The Buddhist Review 7, no. 3 (Spring 1998) and is held on the Tricycle Magazine website. It is a concise summary of the history and nature of the Dorje Shugden controversy. Letting Daylight into Magic: The Life and […]