Buddhism is in a strange place
The religion that started in Tibet, and that has remained at the core of the Dalai Lama’s life for most of his adult life, is not the religion he was born into.
His father was a monk and his mother a nun.
Both were devout, and both grew up in poverty.
Both had a Buddhist background.
But they never went to the monastery and they never worshipped the Dalai as the Dalai Lamas father.
It was just Buddhism.
Buddhism, in their minds, was something they could accept, something they would accept.
It is, at the very least, the religion they believe in, as evidenced by their own practices and their reverence for the teachings of their teachers.
But it is not, and never has been, the same religion they have worshipped since they left the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, to live in exile in India.
This is a story about Buddhism, about its place in our world, and about the challenges it faces in an era where, as it is, it is becoming less and less accepted.
This is a tale about Buddhism and the challenges that it faces.
In this episode of The Verge podcast, host Chris Anderson and our special guest, spiritual director Sivananda Krishnamurti, discuss the challenges facing Buddhism in our modern world and how it is being forced to adapt to the demands of the times.
The episode, recorded on May 3, was edited by me.
Chris Anderson is co-host of The New York Times bestseller Zen on Fire.
His new book is The Path to the Infinite: A Buddhist Guide to the New Age.
You can also hear him speak at TEDxTibet, an annual conference dedicated to the Buddhist tradition, on June 15.
This episode was produced by The Verge.
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