Overview

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
FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA, TENZIN GYATSO (b. 1936)

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Buddhist Concepts · Rectifying Buddhist Terms

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Testimonies

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)

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Thoughts · Essays · Analyses · Concerns

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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

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TSEM TULKU · KECHARA

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OLE NYDAHL · DIAMOND WAY

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FWBO / TRIRATNA BUDDHIST ORDER / SANGHARAKSHITA

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin

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DHAMMAKAYA MOVEMENT

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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

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International Shugden (BUddhist) 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)

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Dorje Shugden Controversy · The Role of China

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Religious Persecution?

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The XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

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

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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

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Tibet · CIA · NazisI-Stand-With-Tibetans

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

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Violence by Buddhists against Muslims

Full Ordination for Women & Geshe-ma degree

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