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June 04, 2014

Sole Beauty

For the fourth time in the beauty pageant's history, Miss Tibet crowns an unopposed contestant
“Lone contestant Tenzin Yangzom to be crowned Miss Tibet 2014.” That’s the headline straight from the Miss Tibet home page, and it means exactly what it says: the India-based competition received eight total applications, five confirmed, and four “withdrew at the last minute expressing various personal problems.” The automatic winner was Tenzin Yangzom, 23, who the pageant organizers hope will draw awareness to the plight of the Tibetan people by going on to international competitions. More »
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June 02, 2014


On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, see Liao Yiwu read the poem that landed him in prison
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June 01, 2014

Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival FAQ

What is the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival? The Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is an online film festival hosted by Tricycle featuring six Buddhist films selected from the BuddhaFest film festival held in the Washington, DC area. We're also featuring six talks from this year's event. Learn more about the Washington-area event here. More »
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May 29, 2014

Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion?

In Asian religious traditions, religion—with its myths, magic, and miracles—goes hand in hand with philosophy. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the fifth in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 27, 2014

A (Incomplete) Guide to (Sort of) Buddhist Rock

The musical investigations of a law student bored on spring break Roger Maldonado
Editor’s note: This playful review of all things Buddhist Rock came our way from a friend of the magazine, a recent graduate of Yale Law school, who emailed us this list in March purely for fun—and also because he was on spring break, and he was bored. Though he is not a Buddhist, his enthusiasm for music—and musical trivia—borders on religiosity. With enjoyment, we present: “A (Incomplete) Guide to (Sort of) Buddhist Rock.” More »
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May 22, 2014

Killing in the Name Of

Like other world religions, Buddhism has its own justifications for violence. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the fourth in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 19, 2014

Buddhism & Science

Scholar David McMahan and contributing editor Linda Heuman on Interfaith Voices
Buddhist scholar David McMahan and Tricycle contributing editor Linda Heuman are guests on the newest episode of Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading public radio show on religion and spirituality, to speak about the longstanding dialogue between Buddhism and science. An alliance between Buddhism and science began “sometime in the late 19th century,” McMahan tells host Maureen Fiedler, More »
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May 15, 2014

In Memory of My Childhood Friend

A poem from Tibet's preeminent 20th-century artist and intellectual Gendun Chopel
The wealth of the world is mist on the mountain pass.My closest friends, but guests on market day.Uncertain joys and sorrows are last night’s dream.I think and think; they have no essence. Led by the unknown envoy of Yama [god of death],My friend wanders the long and narrow path to the next life.Sublime refuge, three divine foundations,Please be his compassionate guide. More »
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May 15, 2014

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

The Buddha explicitly rejected vegetarianism as a requirement for his followers. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the third in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 14, 2014

How Do We Learn the Dharma?

As 4th-century Indian master Vasubandhu counselled, “practice hearing, reflecting, and meditating” Lama Jampa Thaye
These days those who aren’t born into it seem to arrive at the dharma from many different directions. Some are forced to enter dharma after an overwhelming experience shatters their world and leaves them no other choice. Others arrive more gently, perhaps through disillusionment with the shallowness of contemporary culture. Encountering the dharma, they find meaning and purpose. Others come because they are wounded in some way, whether by love or hatred or just by the bitter dance of loneliness. In dharma they discover a salve for their ills. More »
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May 09, 2014

The Nones Are Looking for More

In a recent HuffPo article, Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand describes increasing dissatisfaction with spirituality Max Zahn
In his recent Huffington Post article “How the Nones Are Coming of Age,” Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand notes a growing disenchantment with the spirituality craze that emerged as Americans turned away from religion in the decades following World War II. “The trend has peaked and people are looking for something more,” Strand recounts a friend telling him. “They don't want to go back to the religion of their parents or grandparents, but they've wised up to the fact that they need something real to replace it, whether you call it a religion or not.” More »
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May 08, 2014

Which Mindfulness?

The modern understanding of mindfulness differs significantly from what the term has historically meant in Buddhism. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the second in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 05, 2014

The Sound of One Hand Healing

After breaking his hand, a physician gets a dose of present moment medicine Robert J. Abramson
I broke my hand last year. I knew immediately it was broken by the exquisite, searing pain. I have experienced my fair share of pain, from kidney stones in rural India to joint pains from 40-plus years of long distance running, but never a fracture. So when the edge of my hand hit the corner of the wall as I catapulted forward off the last step down the hallway in my house, I knew by the rapid elimination of my many previous causes of pain that this was fracture pain. An integral, internal bedrock structure had snapped like so many trees after a strong storm. More »
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May 05, 2014

Online Meditation Course: Let's Dance

Discovering the Path of Meditation
Meditation is a transformative path that can guide us to a more reflective and aware way of being. More »
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May 01, 2014

The Biggest Misconception about Buddhism

Contrary to popular belief, most Buddhists throughout history have not meditated. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the first in the new Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 01, 2014

Buddhism’s Fundamentalist Streak

The growing influence of Theravada Buddhist nationalists in Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand Anuradha Sharma and Vishal Arora
BANGKOK (RNS) To many Americans, Buddhism is about attaining enlightenment, maybe even nirvana, through such peaceful methods as meditation and yoga. But in some parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident, and militant Buddhism is emerging. In three countries where Buddhism is the majority faith, a form of religious nationalism has taken hold: More »
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April 28, 2014

Let's Dance: Online Archive Page

Welcome to the Let’s Dance: Discovering the Path of Meditation online archive page! If you missed a portion of the course, don’t fret. We have all the course content here, updated on a weekly basis. Looking for the online discussion page? Click here. More »
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April 28, 2014

Let's Dance: Online Discussion Page

Welcome to the Let’s Dance: Discovering the Path of Meditation online discussion page! This space is reserved as a place to share your thoughts and experiences throughout the meditation course. If you have a question, leave it here—your meditation teachers from Juniper will be dropping by throughout the course to help. More »
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April 25, 2014

Meditation Nation

How convincing is the science driving the popularity of mindfulness meditation? A Brown University researcher has some surprising answers.
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April 22, 2014

Let Them Eat Empathy

The Dalai Lama becomes an unwitting spokesman for free market capitalism Max Zahn
I’m no marketing executive, but I’ve watched enough TV to understand the basic syllogism underlying all endorsements: celebrity X is well-liked; celebrity X will appear with a product; therefore the product will be well-liked. Variations arise, of course, depending on what the advertisers are trying to sell. They get Megan Fox to endorse jeans because she’s sexy. They get George Clooney to endorse tequila because he’s classy. And, as it turns out, they get His Holiness the Dalai Lama to endorse market capitalism because he’s virtuous. More »