The Venerable Geshela Thupten Phelgye -- pictured in the center he founded -- came to Spokane six years ago to teach Buddhism. Listen Listening This year, Hanukkah begins at sunset December 12 and runs for eight days.
E-mail Rod. Many Westerners before me have visited Tibet, popped into some monastery on a mountainside, and decided to stay there forever, won over by the brutally frugal existence eked out by Tibetan Buddhists. I have exactly the opposite reaction.
Before Lama Tsomo became one of the first American women ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist lama, or spiritual teacher, she was Linda Pritzker, part of the famous Pritzker family that built the Hyatt Hotel chain. An heiress with a well-connected family, Lama Tsomo decided not to join any of the family businesses. Instead, she left college around age 20 — though she later went back for her bachelors and masters degrees — became a homesteader where she raised goats, got married, had three children and later got divorced.
A lot of people ask me what the "Buddhist take" on gay marriage is. Well, it depends on who you talk to. A few years back, in an interview with the CBC, the Dalai Lama rejected same-sex relationships to the surprise of many convert Buddhists, who sometimes too easily assume that Buddhist ethics are consistent with their typically progressive views.
Tenzin Mariko thought she would be quickly booed offstage when she decided to make her first public appearance as a performer at the Miss Tibet pageant in Dharamsala. Her apprehension stemmed from the fact that she is the first openly transgender woman in the Tibetan community. A year later, she was standing in front of the same crowd, dressed in a long green skirt, a sleeveless white top and heels, no longer wanting to hide.
Jump to Main Menu and expand all of its hidden submenu items. Once expanded you can tab through all links or open your screen reader's link list. Before Buddhism was brought to Tibet, the Tibetans had their believes in "Bon".
The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his considerable moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex was fine as long as it was consensual. The Buddhist monk offered his views on the hot-button social issue during his latest tour of the United States, where he was welcomed on Thursday in Washington by top politicians and offered the customary prayer that opens each Senate session. The Dalai Lama, in an interview, said that gay marriage was up to each government and was ultimately "individual business".
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As he prepares to meet today with gay Buddhist leaders, the Dalai Lama has clarified his position on the morality of homosexuality for Buddhists and non-Buddhists. His comments were an effort to clarify statements in a book -- "Beyond Dogma," published last year by North Atlantic Books in Berkeley -- that upset some gay Buddhists. The Dalai Lama said the same Buddhist scripture that advises against gay and lesbian sex also urges heterosexuals to refrain from oral sex, anal sex and masturbation. Steve Peskindone of the gay Buddhists meeting with the Dalai Lama today, was disappointed with yesterday's remarks.