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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 […]

New book: Natural Perfection – Longchenpa’s Radical Dzogchen, by Keith Dowman with foreword by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

June 4, 2010


Keith Dowman’s latest book, “Natural Perfection – Longchenpa’s Radical Dzogchen” has just been published by Wisdom Publications. The foreword is by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Keith Dowman is a British Buddhist translator and teacher based in Kathmandu, Nepal. His important translations from the Tibetan include “Calm and Clear“, “The Divine Madman“, “Sky Dancer“, “Masters of Mahamudra“, […]

Gary Beesley Buddhist scholar forced to withdraw ‘A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace’

June 1, 2010


This letter from the British Buddhist Scholar Gary Beesley was recently posted at the Dialogue Ireland blog and the NKT World website: Dear Colleagues, It is with sincere regret that I write to inform you that, due to the threat of legal action from the New Kadampa Tradition, and in light of the inadequacies of […]

A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace: The Decline of Tradition and the Rise of the New Kadampa Tradition in 21st Century Western Buddhism

May 13, 2010


New Book: “A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace: The Decline of Tradition and the Rise of the New Kadampa Tradition in 21st Century Western Buddhism” by Gary Beesley Many visitors to the Dalai Lama’s teachings across Europe and the USA in 2008 were surprised to come across groups of Chinese and Western protesters, many dressed […]

The Awakening of the West

April 21, 2010


As a fitting first post, I would like to draw readers’ attention to this fantastic book and classic of religious history: “The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture” by Stephen Batchelor (1994, Parallax Press). From Greek kings to nineteenth-century adventurers, from missionaries to monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the […]