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!

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 »
Cultivating Compassion: Geshe Thupten Jinpa Brings Dharma into the Secular World

Cultivating Compassion: Geshe Thupten Jinpa Brings Dharma into the Secular World

In May 2015, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s principal English-language interpreter, came to Maitripa College in the United States to talk about his newest book A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our ... Read more »
Animal Welfare in the Aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Animal Welfare in the Aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

The massive April 25, 2015, earthquake in Nepal brought devastation to the country’s people, economy and culture. Many in the international FPMT community responded to the crisis by offering prayers and making donations to FPMT’s Nepal Earthquake Support Fund . ... Read more »
Finding Freshness: Ven. Losang Drimay Attends the Interfaith Gethsemani Encounter IV

Finding Freshness: Ven. Losang Drimay Attends the Interfaith Gethsemani Encounter IV

In May 2015, Ven. Losang Drimay, teacher and resident at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California, was one of 12 Buddhists to meet with 17 Catholics at Gethsemani Encounter IV. The first Encounter took place nearly 20 years earlier ... Read more »
How Do Holy Objects Work?

How Do Holy Objects Work?

By Ven. Tenzin Legtsok Recently, a Dharma friend asked me a question which comes up often in relation to holy objects such as stupas, sutras, and mantras. “So, there’s a story in the lam-rim about a fly unintentionally going around ... Read more »
The Inside Story: Microfilm, Holy Objects, and the Passion of Tai Vautier

The Inside Story: Microfilm, Holy Objects, and the Passion of Tai Vautier

By Donna Lynn Brown Who hasn’t spun a prayer wheel? Whether a massive work of art that we propel with our whole bodies, a desktop ornament we twist with our fingertips, a decorated paint can on a spoke or a ... Read more »
Bringing Dharma into the Corporate World: Rasmus Hougaard Talks about the Potential Project

Bringing Dharma into the Corporate World: Rasmus Hougaard Talks about the Potential Project

Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and managing director of the Potential Project, an international program based in Copenhagen, Denmark, that works with corporations and organizations to equip their leaders and employees with methods to be more kind, clear-minded, focused and ... Read more »
Memorization: Beneficial Exercise for the Mind

Memorization: Beneficial Exercise for the Mind

Ven. Tenzin Gache (Brian Roiter), an American monk who just finished his seventh year of study in Sera Je’s geshe program, is a top memorizer and debater. In August 2013, he was one of 16 from his class of 118 ... Read more »
Jeffrey Hopkins’ Transmission of Honesty

Jeffrey Hopkins’ Transmission of Honesty

Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, now 74, is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and one of the world’s top scholars of Buddhism. He has published 42 books, acted as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s translator, and had a long academic ... Read more »