Prayer Flags Tibet (2005) © Yasunori Koide

Prayer Flags Tibet (2005)
© Yasunori Koide

If one were to summarize the Buddha’s teaching in one word, we would have to say that it is universal interdependence, of which nonviolence is a natural consequence. Since we are all dependent on each other and all other beings want to be happy and not suffer, just as I do, my personal happiness and suffering are inextricably linked with those of others. This nonviolence does not mean weakness or passivity. It is the deliberate choice of altruism in all our thoughts and actions, so that it becomes inconceivable to knowingly harm others.

Fourteenth Dalai Lama: teachings in Amaravati, India, 2005


Buddhist Concepts · Rectifying Buddhist Terms


New Kadampa Tradition · NKT-IKBU · Kadampa Buddhism · Modern Buddhism

Information · Campaigns

Ordination Vows · NKT Ordination



Even altruism and love itself can be nothing more than elaborate façades built to protect and disguise the ego. — François de La Rochefoucauld (17th century)

Structural & Power Issues


Thoughts · Essays · Analyses · Concerns

False information increase more rapidly than true information. And what is not getting any better, is our ability to separate truth and lies. – Michael Lynch


International Shugden Community · Western Shugden Society

To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual. – Ven. Walpola Rahula in “What the Buddha taught”, p. 3 (PDF)


Dorje Shugden Controversy · The Role of China


Religious Persecution?

Yes, Kalamas, it is proper that you have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kalamas, do not be led by reports, or tradition, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, nor by mere logic or inference, nor by considering appearances, nor by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, nor by the idea: ‘this is our teacher’. But, O Kalamas, when, you know for yourselves that certain things are unwholesome (akusala), and wrong, and bad, then give them up . . . And when you know for yourselves that certain things are wholesome (kusala) and good, then accept them and follow them. – Buddha (Kalama Sutta)


Sogyal Rinpoche · Rigpa



Tsem Tulku · Kechara


Ole Nydahl · Diamond Way


Dhammakaya Movement


FWBO / Triratna Buddhist Order / Sangharakshita


The XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso


There never was, there never will be, nor does there exist now, a person who is wholly praised or wholly blamed. – The Buddha


Gurus · non-Gurus · Controversial Buddhist Teachers

The truth is the first victim in any war. But the difference is that social media has fueled the propaganda to an extent that we never thought possible. The social networks are great channels of information. But now we learn that they also open up fantastic ways to distort information. And that is hard for most people to understand. – Michael Lynch


Tibet · CIA · Nazis


The wanton destruction of the seats of learning and centres of art in Tibet, and the imposition of an ideology whose sole content is hatred of everything that is not its own utopia highlights the forced impoverishment of humanity. – Herbert V. Guenther


Mixed Topics

Violence by Buddhists against Muslims

Full Ordination for Women & Geshe-ma degree

News · Thoughts · Ethics · Cults · Abuse  · Poems · Wisdom · Meditation

Note: In each category the posts are listed in descending chronological order.


  1. Recent event some may wish to know.


    • Thank you.

      I see this anonymous site with great suspicion, they offer such an amount of twisted / perverse information — semi truhs, untruths mixed with some truths …

      However, if the Dalai Lama thinks he said enough about this, great.

      Reducing the influence of that practice is an act of religious freedom because it denies it’s adherents to practice also other school of thoughts – especially Nyingma teachings – and it has so much contributed to sectarianism, split, schism, and craziness – including pride and elite thinking which are utter contrary to Buddhism …

  2. actually it is clear that HH is simply saying that because everyone knows his position on DS he will not keep talking about it The deliberate misinterpretation of this by DS publicity seekers just shows how politically minded they actually are

  3. I suspect this deliberate misconstruing of what HH said, which was that in his teachings to the great Gelug monastic institutions he feels there is no point in repeating his opinion that DS is a spirit and it is harmful to worship him is a deliberate setting of the stage for the future in which HH will mention the same fact to a non monastic audience. They can then call him a liar again, despite the fact that no such lie has been told

    • Thank you. I agree.

      Please no further comments on the overview page because it is the start page of the blog. Thank you for your understanding.

  4. Some reason it is hard for me to find areas to comment to so may need to move my post.
    The wise know what China has done. Followers of Tibetan Buddhism know truth, reflections, meanings that Chinese gov officials have tried to twist.

    Exiled Tibetans and those still in what is left of Tibet struggle, and we all want and end to suffering and hope they hold on to the Dharma as much as possible.

    However as part of Karma (cause and effect). Tibetan Buddhism, and Buddhism in general, has grown. The wishes of the 16th Karmapa, various Rinpoche’s, lama’s, of various lineage, is being carried out. It has spread globally and the dharma with it.

    The Tibetan language is utilized by many. Teachings shared. Buddhist lineage carried on. We sit as students, knowing the struggles, aiding when possible, while also being told that respecting the teachings is primary. Where we have to seprate culture from Dharma, but still respect the roots.

    I look to Tibetan artists for my items. Send support. Visit when possible. Maintain the teachings and respect. I follow the Dharma, so I can not as a single person stand against the CCP. Only with mind, compassion, and wisdom can I take a stand. Yet with out attachment and aversion.

    Some day I hope CHina waits up, and the world realizes what has been repeated and done.

    • Thank you for your comment (though comment section is closed). Just two hours ago I saw this good documentary in which Chinese intellectuals speak up for Tibet and the Tibetans. Among them a Chinese historian who believed initially the PRC’s propaganda about slavery etc. Sadly its only in German but really worth to watch. It gave me great hope that the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way approach, to act for the welfare if both, Chinese and Tibetans, is the better solution in the long run: http://www.arte.tv/guide/de/043956-000/kampf-um-tibet?autoplay=1#details-videos

  5. Great blog! Keep up the good work. It’s so important to expose the dirty underwear of the NKT and Rigpa.


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