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February 14, 2008

His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen

His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen has passed away. More »
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February 14, 2008

Two interesting bits...

A post on shogi (Japanese chess), which sounds very cool. And a funny Worst Horse piece riffing off one of Brad Warner's proposed book titles. More »
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February 14, 2008

Stallone Raises Awareness on Burma. Beijing's Panchen Lama joins the Party

The White House isn't satisfied with Burma's scheduled transition to democracy. This gesture by the junta is a result of the pro-democracy demonstrations of the fall, and they must be very annoyed that they caused enough of a ruckus by jailing and torturing monks they got the attention of the busy American octopus. And from one of Burma's troubled border regions: The leader of one of the largest Karen ethnic rebel groups in Burma was shot dead today at his Thailand border home. Mahn Sha, secretary general of the Karen National Union, was shot by two men at his house about five kilometres from the border with Burma, said Zin Linn, a member of the dissident National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, to which Mahn Sha also belonged. More »
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February 13, 2008

Mia Farrow v. Beijing, Self-rule for southern Thailand, Sri Lankan casualties

Mia Farrow's campaign against the Beijing Olympics is gaining ground (Spielberg wil not be the "Leni Riefenstahl" of the '08 Olympics) but the Chinese embassy in Washington complains that linking Beijing to Darfur is unfair, and others say Darfur is not Beijing's only sin. Rambo IV may not be garnering Oscar nods in the West, but Burmese activists thank Stallone for calling attention to the junta's crimes, and the DVD is said to be a hot seller on the ground in Burma. Why does the Burmese junta lie about its supposed reforms? More »
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February 12, 2008

Departure

Blogger / photographer An Xiao of That was Zen, This is Tao, the best name in all of blogdom, has a photo in the current issue of Tricycle. You can see it on her blog. More »
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February 11, 2008

Year of the Rat

More on the Burmese junta's roadmap to democracy. Saturday's statement from the military leadership, broadcast on radio and television, announced: "Multi-party democratic elections will be held in 2010, according to the new constitution. "It is suitable to change the military administration to a democratic, civil administrative system, as good fundamentals have been established. "The country's basic infrastructure has been built, although there is still more to do in striving for the welfare of the nation." NLD spokesman Nyan Win expressed surprise that the election had been planned before the results of the constitutional referendum were known. "According to my understanding, the election date should be set up after the referendum results. More »
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February 09, 2008

Elections in Burma?

The junta announces elections (in 2010.) More »
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February 08, 2008

Biofuels, Baptists, Rambo, Thaksin, and Shanghai

Well, nothing's simple in this world. Depressing new research seems to indicate biofuels may be worse for the earth than fossil fuels. An American Baptist Delegation is going to visit Burmese refugee camps in Thailand. The film Hmyaw-lint-gyin-myar-swar (With Much Hope) about people living with HIV, won Burma's top film honors. Burma's very old movie industry has fallen on hard times. More »
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February 08, 2008

Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall - February 13th, 2008

TICKETS TO TIBET HOUSE U.S. ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL ARE NOW ON SALE; Band of Horses, Ray Davies, Philip Glass, Nawang Khechog, Marisa Monte, Sufjan Stevens, and Tom Verlaine to perform. Tickets to the Tibet House U.S. 18th Annual Benefit Concert, to be held Wednesday, February 13th at Carnegie Hall are on sale now. Featured performers include Band of Horses, Ray Davies, Philip Glass, Nawang Khechog, Marisa Monte, Sufjan Stevens, and Tom Verlaine, with others to be announced. Concert tickets are $35-$108 and can be purchased by calling 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue). Concert-only tickets are not available through Tibet House. Tickets for the concert and a post-concert dinner party are available through Tibet House (these can't be purchased through Carnegie Hall). For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and dinner party call Tibet House U.S. More »
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February 06, 2008

Tricycle Q & A: Ask Stephan Bodian

Zen and Vedanta teacher, psychotherapist, and author of Meditation for Dummies (and co-author of Buddhism for Dummies) Stephan Bodian is taking questions now on Tricycle.com. His newest book is called Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journy of Spiritual Awakening. More »
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February 06, 2008

Bomb Blast by Thailand Shrine; Sandalwood Smuggling

A bomb-blast by a shrine in southern Thailand killed one person today. The U.S. imposes more sanctions on Burma, freezing the assets of an arms dealer accused of enabling the regime. The Irrawaddy mentions rumors of ill-health in Burmese Supremo Than Shwe or his family. Cancer, some say. But others say it is wishful thinking arising fro athe natural Buddhist assumption that karma would come calling on the general. Big surprise: Sandalwood is being smuggled brought into China from Nepal. Wat isn't being smuggled into China from neighboring countries? Of course, the U.S. More »
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February 06, 2008

Maharishi Passes

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died in the Netherlands: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced transcendental meditation to the West and gained fame in the 1960s as the spiritual guru to the Beatles, died Tuesday at his home and headquarters in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He is believed to have been in his 90s. Steven Yellin, a spokesman for the organization, confirmed the Maharishi’s death but did not give a cause. UPDATE: We received the following two Press Releases related to the Maharishi's passing. 1. More »
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February 05, 2008

Bodh Gaya Controversy; Hard Winter in China; Sri Lankan Jet Fighters

More on the alleged wrongdoing in Bodh Gaya. Did the tree's custodians cut off and sell a branch of the tree to the government of Thailand for $1.5 million? Did attendant priests sell fallen leaves to pilgrims? And where are the missing Buddha statuette hat used to fill the niches around the site? In addition to this controversy, the site is shared by Hindus and Buddhists and, especially now when there is trouble, tension is rising. More »
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February 04, 2008

China Jails Monk; Burma examines manuscripts with magnifying glasses to protect tyranny; a recent killing

China jails a monk for "inciting the masses": BEIJING (Reuters) - The abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwest China has been jailed for three years on charges of endangering national security by inciting the masses, a group monitoring human rights in the Himalayan region said. Khenpo Jinpa, 37, abbot of Chogtsang Talung Monastery in Sichuan province, was sentenced last July, but the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy only reported his imprisonment in a statement seen on Monday. The centre did not give a reason for the delay, but the authorities are keen to keep politically sensitive Tibetan issues under wraps. More »
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February 04, 2008

Heart Sutra

Here's a little Heart Sutra for everyone today. More »
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February 03, 2008

Sri Lanka Suicide Bombing; Severe Weather in China Continues

At least 11 dead and 92 wounded in a sucide bombing in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers pioneered the suicide bomb. This one was a woman. Millions still struggling to get home to celebrate the New Year in China. Unusually severe winter weather including ice and snow has handicapped the huge country and perhaps exposed the fragility of its infrastructure. But a five-year plan will fix that. LIVE-BLOGGING THE SUPER BOWL: Seems like some casual racism directed at Asians in the Super Bowl ads. I think it was a Bud Lite ad and that one advertising free sales leads with the pandas. (Salesgenie?) More »
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January 30, 2008

If you're in NYC on February 2nd...

... this sounds like it's worth checking out. Saturday, February 2, 10am-5pm Making Waves and Riding the Currents: A Day of Meditation, Dialogue, and Conversation With Sharon Salzberg and Charlie Halpern New York Insight Meditation Center 28 West 27th Street, 10th floor New York, New York 10001 Phone: 212-213-4802 www.nyimc.org This day is about working for a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world, while cultivating the wisdom that supports and deepens this work. Everyone who is trying to bring about needed social and institutional change is also challenged by trying to maintain balance, compassion and hope. Charlie Halpern, is one of America's most distinguished public interest advocates and social innovators. More »
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January 30, 2008

Books: The Inheritance of Loss

Having worked at Tricycle for over four years, I almost expect writings about Himalayan people to be filled with expeditions for bliss, cavernous and splendid tales of vibrant Buddhist teachings in stark, majestic landscapes, and simple wisdoms that have been frozen on the rooftop of the world. But the motley crew that we discover in the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga in Kiran Desai’s acclaimed novel The Inheritance of Loss, only has the dharma as a distant neighbor and seems to be a powerless product of—rather than an exception to—the modern conditions of Nationalism, Orientalism, and Globalization. More »
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January 29, 2008

Seven Years for Burma Protestors, Tibet Virus, and Cyrus and Ida

The leaders of Burma's pro-democracy protests may face seven years in jail. The EU wants newly democratic Thailand's help with the Burma crisis. This summer Thailand will take over the presidency of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. And the Burmese army offensive against rebel ethnic groups worsens the humanitarian situation in eastern Burma. Bush voices support for democracy in Burma, and a bunch of other countries. More »
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January 28, 2008

Eat less beef

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama -- a Rambo-less movie trailer. And here's a depression-prevention technique inspired by the Dalai Lama. A day in the life of a Zen monk, thanks to Sujatin. An article on the environmental horrors of the beef industry, in the U.S. and around the world: To put the energy-using demand of meat production into easy-to-understand terms, Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at the Bard Center, and Pamela A. More »