The Home of His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama is Demolished

"A backhoe demolishes the former family home of the 13th Dalai Lama, south of Lhasa, Tibet, June 10, 2011." Image via Radio Free Asia.

Radio Free Asia has the story. Here’s a snippet.

Chinese authorities have demolished the century-old Langdun family residence of Tibet’s 13th Dalai Lama despite appeals to protect the heritage site, a Tibetan source close to the Langdun family said.

The house of Thupten Gyatso, predecessor to the current Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, was situated close to the Kyichu river, south of Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Read the rest here.

“A Buddhist Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s”

This from Interfaith Voices:

For much of the 40 years they were married, Hob and Olivia Hoblitzelle practiced Buddhism, a tradition that teaches patience, acceptance and the power of letting go. These values became their anchor in 1995, when Hob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Olivia was both his wife and his caregiver as they coped with Hob’s increasing confusion and loss of awareness, a process often called “the long goodbye.” Our story first aired in December 2010.

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, author of “Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s”

Listen here.

A Gift of Dharma for 6.16.11

Today’s quote is from our friend and four-time past interviewee Bhikkhu Bodhi, whom I previously wrote a short biography for in this post. This is it:

The key to development along the Buddhist path is repetitive routine guided by inspirational vision. It is the insight into final freedom — the peace and purity of a liberated mind — that uplifts us and impels us to overcome our limits. But it is by repetition — the methodical cultivation of wholesome practices — that we cover the distance separating us from the goal and draw ever closer to deliverance.