The Folly of Idolatry – Diwali in the White House

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 2 Chronicles 7:14-16 ...

“I already knew things. Nothing new.” How many people have been raped since then, Dalai Lama?

The Dalai Lama says that he has long been aware of stories about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers. "I already knew these things. Nothing new", he replied to the question from the NOS about what he learned from his conversation with four victims of yesterday. Follow-up questions and other questions about the subject could not be asked at a short press conference in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. ...

“What about the financial side of Shambhala?” And other Tibetan centers?

Of particular interest to me is whether the various Shambhala organizations have been violating tax laws. The Ladrang, for example, says on its provincial registry that it is a “church,” and yet the money raised appears to benefit only one person — Sakyong Mipham, and I suppose his family. And the Shambhala Canada Society was previously registered as the Vajradhatu Buddhist Church; I don’t know why the name was changed. It appears that licensing or other fees collected from the Shambhala centers are run through Shambhala International, but I don’t know if that income is declared as business income or of a charitable nature. ...