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Buddhism in Pop Culture

…counterparts and thus able to mix more closely with popular culture. The 1990 Christmas edition of Paris Vogue was guest edited by the Dalai Lama himself. Inside were sixty-eight colour pages exclusively devoted to Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama appeared a master at using the things of the world without becoming worldly. What, asks the Vogue interviewer, is the attitude of His Holiness to artifice and fashion? ‘A nice smile, a kind…

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Books on the Karmapa Controversy

…d a flurry of books describing the conflict. But what is really going on in this dispute, and why have westerners been caught up in it? Here’s a review of three of those books and another exploring western responses to Tibetan Buddhism The Dance of 17 Lives: The Incredible True Story of Tibet’s 17th Karmapa by Mick Brown Karmapa: the Politics of Reincarnation by Lea Terhune Wrestling the Dragon: In Search of the Boy Lama Who Defied…

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The New Buddhism: an Interview with David Brazier

…or his social idealism. The New Buddhism challenges the views of many western Buddhists, proposing a focus on the earliest Buddhist teachings and social activism Brazier practised Zen with Jiyu Kennet Roshi and then explored Tibetan and Vietnamese Buddhism. He now identifies with the Buddhist tradition as a whole. ‘I feel I am not a this Buddhist or a that Buddhist, just a Buddhist. The Buddha was not a Zen Buddhist nor a Pure Land…

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Surviving Tibetan Buddhism: Review of “The Novice”

…hippy Lama,” who exuded warmth, taught in English and knew enough about the Western culture to pepper his teachings with humorous asides about supermarkets and consumerism. Something clicked for Schettini when he encountered Tibetan Buddhism: the promise ofan inner peace that would resolve his emotional turmoil; a new identity that would end his isolation; a philosophy that answered his questions; and benign, seemingly all-knowing lamas upon…

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Buddhism and Abortion

…process, lasting 11 weeks, that occurs as the fetus develops. So what implications might this have for abortion during that time? It seems best to say that consciousness and human life are mysteries, and one looks in vain to Buddhism for explanations that clarify the mystery. Both Buddhism and science assert that the life of a human is a process which starts with conception. But to draw ethical conclusions one must consider the significance of…

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