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December 17, 2013

Swamp Marigold

Sick and on the fringe, a mother looks to nature to overcome chronic pain Elizabeth Bastos
I started going to pain clinics for spinal injections and physical therapy after I was diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis six years ago. I was given the advice to keep a pain journal to record my symptoms, and for a while I did. And it was so depressing that I started referring to my journal as Fuck This Shit. I, who had been a brick house, was, in my 40s, crumbling to bits.  It certainly passes the time for the chronically ill to keep a log of symptoms, but is it healing? I have my doubts. When you have a chronic disease, you know there’s going to be a Greek chorus of tragedies big and small and symptoms that pop up like Whack-A-Moles. The question is: What do you do about it? More »
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December 16, 2013

A Very Buddhist Christmas...Carol

A short featuring some of your favorite holiday characters—and a couple of your Buddhist ones, too
Here at Tricycle, we love holiday themed videos—check out our Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide and last year's A Very Buddhist Christmas. So we made one more video for you this year, featuring some of our favorite holiday characters...and a couple of Buddhist ones, too. "A Very Buddhist Christmas...Carol" reworks the lyrics of "Here We Come A-Caroling" to "Here We Come to Meditate." Watch the video and sing along: More »
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December 13, 2013

Treasury of Lives: The 4th Dalai Lama

The story of the Mongolian Dalai Lama Miranda Adams
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives mine primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized on their website. More »
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December 12, 2013

Recent discovery of “earliest Buddhist shrine” a sham?

The story that garnered international headlines made numerous unfounded and misinformed claims Richard Gombrich
In the December 2013 issue of the archaeological journal Antiquity there appears an article by several authors, headed by Prof. Robin Coningham of Durham University. Its appearance has been successfully managed to secure international publicity. The article was embargoed until a specified hour, timed to immediately succeed an announcement to the press in the USA. More »
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December 06, 2013

Buddha Buzz: Week of December 2nd

Monks in the streets and gods on beer bottles Max Zahn
Thai Monks Participate in Anti-Government Protests More »
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December 06, 2013

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Says Goodbye to Nelson Mandela

  Speaking in New Dehli today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama reflected on the life and work of his friend Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday at age 95. "I am one of his admirers," His Holiness said. "We must carry on his spirit from generation to generation." The two peacemakers met in South Africa in 1996. More »
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December 03, 2013

What’s Noble about the Four Noble Truths?

The doctrine that brings ordinary people to noble attainment Thanissaro Bhikkhu
When people ask me this question, they often seem a little embarrassed, for fear that it’s impolite or too obvious, but it’s well worth asking. After all, the end of suffering and the path to its end might be noble, but what’s noble about suffering and the craving that causes it? If anything, by attributing all suffering to craving, the truths seem to deny the possibility of noble suffering entirely. And what does it mean for a truth to be “noble” anyway? More »
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December 02, 2013

Buddhism with a Western Face

Will Western adaptation of the dharma challenge contemporary culture or accommodate it? Lama Jampa Thaye
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November 27, 2013

Findings shed light on when the Buddha (might have) died

Traci Watson
(RNS) Scientists have uncovered the first physical evidence showing when the great religious leader known as the Buddha passed away, a date crucial to scholars and adherents of Buddhism. Excavations in 2011 and 2012 at a site known as the Buddha’s birthplace imply he died—or, more accurately, experienced his “great passing away”—in the 6th century B.C., roughly 100 years earlier than the scholarly consensus. The debate over the timing is not just academic: Buddhist countries such as Thailand use a dating system pegged to the year of the Buddha’s death, and some of his prophecies imply no one will achieve enlightenment a certain number of years after his passing. More »
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November 26, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Jigme Rigpai Lodro

How a Tibetan lama and scholar helped revive Buddhist culture in Chinese-controlled Tibet Harry Einhorn
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives mine primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized on their website. The following summarizes the biography of the Jigme Rigpai Lodro (1910–1985) by Nicole Willock. More »
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November 22, 2013

A Special Evening with (and Poem from) Mark Doty

Join us Thursday, December 5 for a night of celebration & poetry
A taste of Mark Doty's work, from Winter 2013's Parting Words: Praise to the cherry on the lawn of the library,the heave and contorted thrust of it, a master,on its own root, negating the word weeping (miles to the nearest tears),requiring instead down-fountaining, or descending from a ferocious intention. More »
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November 22, 2013

Running with the Sakyong

A video short (via the New Yorker)
Last week, the New Yorker caught up with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, leader of Shambhala International, to speak about human integrity, mindfulness, and the benefits of jogging. "When you're running," says Rinpoche, "there's a real sense of bringing your mind into your body and relating to what's happening." It's time to speed up that walking meditation, we guess. More »
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November 21, 2013

Buddha Buzz: Week of November 18th

Thai Commandos protect gold, Connecticut practitioners join hunger strike, and Buddhist stand-up makes First Noble spoof Max Zahn
Gold-Plated Buddha More »
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November 21, 2013

The Onion: Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West

Parody news article plays up Buddhist stereotypes
As if inspired by our latest blog post on misconceptions about Buddhism, The Onion recently ran an article poking fun at Buddhism's stereotype of passivity. Under the headline “Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West,” the article breaks news of a 45-minute video featuring faux Tibetan teacher Tsuglag Rinpoche. Rinpoche threatens that “In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West.” Rinpoche goes on: More »
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November 20, 2013

Treasury of Lives: The 3rd Dalai Lama

The first to receive the Dalai Lama title, Sonam Gyatso forged a relationship with Mongol leadership Asha Kaufman
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives mine primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized on their website. The following summarizes the biography of the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso, by Miranda Adams. More »
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November 18, 2013

10 Misconceptions about Buddhism

Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
In the new series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism, scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. will expand on one of these popular misconceptions on the Tricycle blog every Thursday. More »
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November 15, 2013

The Life and Murder of Akong Rinpoche

The founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist center in Europe was committed to the path of social good, even at his death Robert Barnett
On the morning of Tuesday, October 8, the prominent Tibetan lama, doctor, and humanitarian Akong Rinpoche was stabbed to death in a residential community in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, along with his nephew and monk attendant. The tragic ending of his life reflected his lifelong commitment to tasks and ideals that, to a degree exceptional among Tibetan lamas in the West, were difficult, controversial, and far-reaching in their implications. More »
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November 14, 2013

Zen Pace

A poem Barry Spacks
Wincing at waste, write pocket-noteson the innocent sides of used pages, savelong distance calls till Sunday, chasethe last slipping rice grain around your plateand even hurry slowly, actingalways with trustful slowness within,mourning even the loss of a friendwith that dignity in her spirit nevergone…you have no need but to move,sleep to waking, insult to lovehappening to happeningat the pace of a gradual smile, at the paceof the hammer-stroke heartthat proceeds to the nextfull beat, and then the next. Barry Spacks, a poet and painter, teaches writing and literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A busy man, he hurries slowly. More »
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November 13, 2013

Groundhog Day

Recurrence, salvation, and the bodhisattva way Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli
The life of one day is enough to rejoice. Even though you live for just one day, if you can be awakened, that one day is vastly superior to one endless life of sleep. . . . If this day in the lifetime of a hundred years is lost, will you ever touch it with your hands again? —Zen Master Dogen More »
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November 12, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Vairocanavajra

Teacher to the First Karmapa, the Indian master Vairocanavajra was also an alchemist Alexander Gardner
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives mine primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized on their website. The following summarizes the biography of Vairocanavajra written by Dan Martin. More »