In-depth Stories

Please enjoy this collection of longer stories that cover a wide range of topics—from pilgrimage to student milestones, from interviews with teachers to explanations of aspects of Buddhist practice. For our most recent published content, including video, audio, blog posts, and more, see What’s New!

Buddhist Conduct: A New Resource from Old Tibet

Buddhist Conduct: A New Resource from Old Tibet

The Just King: The Tibetan Buddhist Classic on Leading an Ethical Life has recently been published by Snow Lion/Shambhala. It presents a lengthy work on ethics by Tibetan luminary Jamgön Mipham (1846-1912) translated by distinguished scholar-practitioner and former Sera Je ... Read more »
Freda Bedi’s ‘Big’ Life: An Interview with Vicki Mackenzie

Freda Bedi’s ‘Big’ Life: An Interview with Vicki Mackenzie

Freda Bedi, born in 1911 in England, lived a “big” life. She attended Oxford University, where she met and married Baba Pyare Lal Bedi, who was the sixteenth direct descendant of Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion. They moved ... Read more »
The Benefits of Monasteries and Nunneries

The Benefits of Monasteries and Nunneries

Are monasteries and nunneries necessary? Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently answered the question with a resounding “Yes!” and explained some of the benefits of monastic communities. The question was also examined by Ven. Tenzin Legtsok, an American monk in the geshe ... Read more »
In the Footsteps of Atisha: A Pilgrimage to Vikramashila

In the Footsteps of Atisha: A Pilgrimage to Vikramashila

Pilgrimage needs faith. The more faith, the more happiness. Otherwise, you are just like a tourist looking at ruins. … When you go to these holy places it reminds you of impermanence. Once these places were great cities but now ... Read more »
Interview mit Dieter Kratzer: Wie es dazu kam, dass er Dharma Lehrer wurde

Interview mit Dieter Kratzer: Wie es dazu kam, dass er Dharma Lehrer wurde

This is a German translation of the article Dieter Kratzer On Becoming a Teacher, published by Mandala online in January 2017. Hier ist eine Übersetzung des Artikels Dieter Kratzer On Becoming a Teacher. Der originale Artikel im Englischen wurde von ... Read more »
New Self / No Self: Jacob Sky Lindsley on Mindfulness and Madhyamaka

New Self / No Self: Jacob Sky Lindsley on Mindfulness and Madhyamaka

Jacob Sky Lindsley is a graduate of two Buddhist schools in the US, having received a bachelor degree from the University of the West near Los Angeles, California, and a master of arts degree from FPMT-affiliated Maitripa College in Portland, ... Read more »
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Gives His 34th Kalachakra Initiation

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Gives His 34th Kalachakra Initiation

Mandala is pleased to present two reports on the January 2-14, 2017, Kalachakra initiation in Bodhgaya, India, the 34th such initiation His Holiness has granted and the fifth one in Bodhgaya. The first report is by free-lance reporter Cynthia Karena, ... Read more »
Dieter Kratzer on Becoming a Teacher

Dieter Kratzer on Becoming a Teacher

Dieter Kratzer is an FPMT registered in-depth teacher who has been teaching the Dharma for forty years. He spoke with Mandala associate editor Donna Lynn Brown about his development as a teacher from the early 1970s to the present day. ... Read more »
Dhi! Ven. Tenzin Namjong on Debate, Study, and Life at Sera Je

Dhi! Ven. Tenzin Namjong on Debate, Study, and Life at Sera Je

Ven. Tenzin Namjong (Matthew Pasion) was born in 1977 in Hawai’i, USA. He ordained in 2007 and is currently in the tenth year of the geshe studies program at Sera Je Monastery in South India. This interview brings together a ... Read more »
Teaching Buddhism, Spreading Dharma

Teaching Buddhism, Spreading Dharma

When did Tibetan Buddhism come to the West? In 1958 Geshe Wangyal established a monastery in New Jersey where several of the first Americans to learn Tibetan studied in the 1960s. Sakya lama Dezhung Rinpoche arrived in the USA in ... Read more »
Strasbourg, France Hosts His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Strasbourg, France Hosts His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Cynthia Karena; Photos by Olivier Adam Strasbourg, France hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama on September 17 and 18, 2016. His Holiness taught from Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhichitta, conferred an Avalokiteshvara initiation, and gave a public talk entitled “Ethics ... Read more »
Human Spirit: Bridging Buddhism and Psychoanalysis in Israel

Human Spirit: Bridging Buddhism and Psychoanalysis in Israel

By Ven. Sangye Khadro The news about Israel in the international media is usually gloomy, but, as is the case everywhere, there are bright stories that don’t make the headlines. One such story is a new project, the Human Spirit ... Read more »
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