May 30, 2021
Martin Goodson

News Round Up w/e 30th May 2021

A round-up of news & snippets from Zen cyber-space

The 17th Karmapa faces lawsuit and The White House celebrates Wesak the Buddha's birthday, Enlightenment and Parinirvana.

View from the south, with south fountain


By Zach Rudisin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

  • 17th Karmapa Faces Lawsuit. Gyalwang Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage and one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, has been accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a nun-in-training at a monastery in New York in 2017, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman in Canada.

  • Only Genuine Compassion Will Do by The Dalai Lama. It’s not sufficient, says the Dalai Lama, to simply think that compassion is important. We must transform our thoughts and behavior on a daily basis to cultivate compassion without attachment.

  • 'Hungry Ghosts' by Andy Rotman, a new release from Wisdom publications. Rotman brings new life to old stories about hungry ghosts, and he provides unique insight into their development and their importance even for modern Buddhism. A must-read for students of Buddhist thought and art.

  • For the First Time Ever, the White House Celebrates Vesak, the Buddha’s Birthday. Representatives from the three major Buddhist traditions gathered for prayers and candle lighting.

  • The only Buddhist region in Europe. In the extreme southeast of Europe lies Kalmykia, a republic of Russia. Mostly Buddhists live here. For the 12th part of our series "Extreme Places" we payed the region a visit.


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