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July 30, 2008

Colorado = Little Tibet

The Dalai Lama, touring the U.S., apparently feels very at home in Aspen, Colorado. It reminded him of the Tibetan home he fled as a child, he told the crowd. “Very beautiful,” he said. “Mountains all over the place.” More here on how Colorado become such a dharma hotspot. More »
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July 29, 2008

New book from Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax's Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death is now available in hardcover. Joan's Spring 2008 article for Tricycle, "The Lucky Dark," addressed the topic of how best to prepare a gentle and meaningful death for our loved ones and for ourselves. It's available for free here. More »
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July 29, 2008

Answers to your questions on Burma

Gail Seneca of the Foundation for the People of Burma answers reader questions on Burma. More »
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July 29, 2008

Buddha Warriors on CNN

Thanks to the Worst Horse for this one: “Go inside the world of Buddhism with Christiane Amanpour. In the fight for freedom and democracy, their weapon is peace. They are ‘Buddha’s Warriors,’ Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET.” Broadcast schedule here. On at 11PM and then again at 2 AM. Set your TiVos. More »
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July 29, 2008

Early Buddhist Manuscripts at the Met in NYC

Looks cool: This installation of thirty palm-leaf folios will feature some of the earliest surviving Indian illuminated manuscripts dating from the tenth to the thirteenth century. It will center on one remarkable Mahayanist Buddhist text, the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra ("Perfection of Wisdom"), illustrated through the Museum’s rare holdings of eastern Indian and Nepalese illuminated palm-leaf manuscripts, book-covers, initiation cards, thankas, and sculptures. More »
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July 29, 2008

Extraordinary Imperfection

‘I don’t believe in religion.’ So goes the response to my reluctant confession that I teach about religion for a living (obviously a religious nut). Yet, when I drop in that I teach about Buddhism, the tone changes. ‘But Buddhism’s not really a religion is it? More a way of life?’ While in some ways it comes as a relief that my cherished spiritual principles are not dismissed as so much garbage, if not positively harmful, it puzzles me that Buddhism should escape the wrath of the anti-religious zealot. Is it so anodyne as to cause no one offence? Are Buddhists so accommodating that they bend whichever way the wind blows? Or is it simply that the general perception of Buddhism is so rose-tinted and exoticized that it cheerfully resists the all-too-mundane reality? There is no doubt that in general Buddhism has a very positive press in the Western media. More »
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July 25, 2008

Ariyaratne to speak in Michigan

Danny Fisher tells us that Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, one of the titans of contemporary Buddhism and champion of nonviolence, will be speaking at Eastern Michigan University this September 21st. Over the years, in the face of violence and intimidation, Dr. Ariyaratne has made a brave journey seeking peace in war-torn Sri Lanka and across the globe. See Sarvodaya USA for more information. More »
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July 23, 2008

Beijing to allow Olympic protests? (Not really.)

China has decided to allow protesters at the Olympics (but not really.) Beijing will permit public protests inside three designated city parks during next month’s Olympic Games, but demonstrators must first obtain permits from local police and also abide by Chinese laws that usually make it nearly impossible to legally picket over politically charged issues, the authorities announced Wednesday. The arrangement marks a break from normal practice in China’s authoritarian political system and seems loosely modeled on the protest zones created at previous Olympic Games and at many recent international political gatherings that attract large numbers of protesters. So the parks are nowhere near the Games, permits are given out or withheld on the whim of the government, and it's against the law to picket over issues that would bother the governme More »
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July 23, 2008

Young Buddhists' Retreat

More info at the Zen Peacemakers site. Click pic for larger image. More »
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July 23, 2008

Break out the Hanky

It's a list of the most spiritually affecting Buddhist movies. More »
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July 22, 2008

Race for Tibet

Help Make the 2008 Beijing games a catalyst for change in Tibet! More »
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July 22, 2008

Editorial Assistant Position Available

Do you like Tricycle? Maybe so much you'd like to work here? Now's your chance. A full-time editorial assistant position for the print magazine is now available. The job description and details on how to apply are after the jump. More »
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July 22, 2008

PB&J will save the planet — which bedbugs hate

Ezra Klein on the wisdom and all-around goodness of eating less meat. I hadn't thought of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich being a "plant-based lunch" before: Each time you have a plant-based lunch like a PB&J you'll reduce your carbon footprint by the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets. For dinner you save 2.8 pounds and for breakfast 2.0 pounds of emissions. Those 2.5 pounds of emissions at lunch are about forty percent of the greenhouse gas emissions you'd save driving around for the day in a hybrid instead of a standard sedan. PB&J three meals a day? More »
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July 21, 2008

ASEAN and the Junta; Dollars and Nargis

The Burmese junta has signed the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) charter but the body expressed its "deep disappointment" with the junta nonetheless. ASEAN has been spectacularly ineffective in accomplishing anything vis a vis the junta. Burma's profusion of oil, lumber, and gemsmake confronting the junta costly, especially for nations that don't have the luxury the U.S. has -- borrowing more money from China to cover any shortfalls. Nargis is said to have caused $4 billion in damage, and will cost $1 billion will be needed over the next three years to aid survivors. More »
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July 21, 2008

Where are the poets of yesteryear?

The great religious figures are not philosophers, they're not historians, they're not institutional leaders in any sense. They are people who inspire the imagination and therefore deserve the word "poet." In Salon, religious studies scholar James Carse argues that religion does not necessitate belief -- but that poetry is necessary to religion. His new book is The Religious Case Against Belief. More »
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July 21, 2008

Democracy in Nepal, Activists in Burma

Mikel Dunham has an excellent and heartening post on Nepal and it's newborn democracy. You really can't beat Mikel's blog for news on Nepal. And the estimable Danny Fisher has an update (from the Washington Post) about the new generation of activists in Burma. More »
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July 21, 2008

BuddhaJones and Dorje Shugden

Check out BuddhaJones.com -- a Nichiren blog with multiple authors that addresses serious issues. And in case anyone missed it, the mainstream media peeked into the Dorje Shugden issue. More »
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July 16, 2008

Molting

It was a tiny feather, not more than an inch and a half in length, pale gray and barely discernible against the matching gray surface of the sidewalk. And then there was a second feather as well. It’s unlikely that I’d have noticed them at all if a little breeze hadn’t blown them about just as I came along. This was in mid-August, and the House Sparrows that nest in the hollows and crevices under the eaves of the building that houses Chico Natural Foods we’re beginning their fall molt from breeding plumage into their winter feathers. More »
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July 16, 2008

Tibet-China Conflict Featured in this Week's The Economist

The Economist has published a lengthy report on the mass uprisings in Tibet earlier this year. The article is written from magazine's signature centrist point of view, and takes a relatively non-judgmental stance. The most interesting part is the author's musings on China's response to the riots in March. In a perplexing course of action, China did not react to the initial unrest with their usual level of brutal efficiency (several people were still killed). As a result, the chaos was allowed to spread far further than it may have otherwise. The article then goes on to offer cynical speculation on the motives of the Chinese government for their actions at the time(an excuse for the later wide-scale clampdown of the region, or caution leading up to the Olympics?), and then, the motives of all involved parties in general. More »
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July 15, 2008

Zero Emission, No Noise

This may have been done before, but it's new to me, at least as far as I can remember. It comes courtesy of Frank Olinsky (who designed the cover for Juliana Hatfield's new memoir, how cool is that?) -- There's a car company called out there called ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise.) I don't really know what to say about that. Noble silence? Danny Fisher has a clip of Lama Surya Das, one of the great and persistent proponents of Buddhist humor, on the Colbert Report talking about Barack Obama. For some reason this blogpost feels very name-droppy. I saw Billy Crystal at the airport Thursday night. More »