November 13, 2008
Karen Armstrong has a vision for the harmonizing forces of religion. Recently, she won the TED Prize and was awarded her wish- support for the Charter of Compassion which will be written in collaboration with people who participate through the Charter for Compassion web site.
Muslims, Christians, and Jews will be sent an email inviting them to come to the site and offer their choice of words, in their own language, to help create a charter capable of inspiring the world to focus on what the great religions share, as opposed to what divides them. The goal is to obtain all input from global participants within the next four weeks, select the best contributions with the help of a council of religious "sages", and conduct a major launch of the finished document in 2009.
In this 21 minute video from TED.com she talks about restoring the Golden Rule instead of division and sectarianism as the main emphases of religions. Watch and then go to the Charter for Compassion web site and make a difference!
January 22, 2008
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, is a master of the Dzogchen meditative tradition of Tibet. He holds the Doctorate Degree of Geshe and is an accomplished scholar in the
Bonpo and the Buddhist textual traditions of philosophy, exegesis, and
debating. Upon graduation in 1986, he was employed at the Library of
Tibetan Works and Archives at Dharamsala, India. That same year he was
appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the representative of
the Bon school to the assembly of deputies of the government in exile.
He was the first to bring the precious Bon Dzogchen
teachings to the West in 1988, when he was invited by Chogyal Namkhai
Norbu Rinpoche to Italy in order to teach at his center. He is one of
the very few Bonpo masters living in the West who is trained in the Bon
tradition and qualified to teach. Rinpoche founded Ligmincha Institute in March of 1992, a retreat center in rural Virginia near Charlottesville.
Four of his books have been published: Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep; Healing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in
Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen; Wonders of the Natural Mind: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet, and Tibetan Sound Healing.
The video below is from YouTube where Rinpoche has posted a series videos with teaching, instructions, and guidance in the practice described in his book Tibetan Sound Healing. This is the first of this series on YouTube.