My fellow Tibetans, both in and outside Tibet, all those who follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and everyone who has a connection to Tibet and Tibetans: due to the foresight of our ancient kings, ministers and scholar-adepts, the complete teaching of the Buddha, comprising the scriptural and experiential teachings of the Three Vehicles and the Four Sets of Tantra and their related subjects and disciplines flourished widely in the Land of Snow. Tibet has served as a source of Buddhist and related cultural traditions for the world. In particular, it has contributed significantly to the happiness of countless beings in Asia, including those in China, Tibet and Mongolia. more...
Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists - because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a tiny fraction of a second early. The result - which threatens to upend a century of physics - will be put online for scrutiny by other scientists. more...
Evidence of events that happened before the Big Bang can be seen in the glow of microwave radiation that fills the Universe, scientists have asserted. Renowned cosmologist Roger Penrose said that analysis of this cosmic microwave background showed echoes of previous Big Bang-like events. The events appear as "rings" around galaxy clusters in which the variation in the background is unusually low. The unpublished research has been posted on the Arxiv website. The ideas within it support a theory developed by Professor Penrose - knighted in 1994 for his services to science - that upends the widely-held "inflationary theory". more...
Scientists' predictions about the mysterious dark matter purported to make up most of the mass of the Universe may have to be revised. Research on dwarf galaxies suggests they cannot form in the way they do if dark matter exists in the form that the most common model requires it to. That may mean that the Large Hadron Collider will not be able to spot it. Leading cosmologist Carlos Frenk spoke of the "disturbing" developments at the British Science Festival in Bradford. more..
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. So says a study that used an iPhone web app to gather 250,000 data points on subjects’ thoughts, feelings, and actions as they went about their lives. more...
Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India from October 1 to 4: His Holiness will give a four-day teaching on Nagarjuna's In Praise of Dhammadhatu (choying toepa) at the Main Tibetan Temple at the request of a group of Taiwanese.
Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India from October 23 to 25: His Holiness will give three-day teachings from sections on serenity (shiney) and insight (lhaktong) from Je Tsongkhapa's The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lamrim chenmo) at the request of a group of Koreans.
The first issue of the Tushita Meditation Centre newsletter is now available.
In this issue you'll find:
"Everything you wanted to know about Dharma but were afraid to ask..."
Q&A with Venerable Robina Courtin on relationships, hierarchy in Buddhism, and finding courage to break through negativity.
"Meet Our Sangha"
An interview with Old Lama Gyupa
A report on our exciting, long-awaited Retreat Hut Project and
Andy Wistreich on the importance of the Kalachakra practice, and news of related courses in early 2012.
The podcast for the Fall 2011 8 week shamatha retreat with Alan Wallace is now available online using the following link. Streaming Daily from Phuket