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June 13, 2014

No Try, Just Do

Actor Steve Buscemi speaks about kindness and anger with a Shambhala nun
They make a fairly odd couple. The television and film star Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, The Big Lebowski) sits alongside Shambhala nun Karma Trime Lhamo, the director of Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group. The setting is incongruous, too: a park bench in the middle of an exhibit at the Rubin Museum of Art. But this strange alchemy—comprising episode six of Buscemi’s web series Park Bench—is an unequivocal delight. Buscemi asks sincerely felt, straightforward questions, while Ani Trime responds with wisdom reminiscent of her late teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Watch as she shares her thoughts on dukkha, meditation, and the importance of being kind.  More »
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June 12, 2014

Only the Occasional Brothel

The “unconstrained conduct” of Zen is more literary trope than pervasive practice. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the seventh 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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June 11, 2014

Mipham Chokyi Lodro, the 14th Shamarpa, Dies at 61

Pamela Gayle White
Shamar Rinpoche passed away suddenly this morning in his center in Renchen Ulm, Germany, at the age of 61. The 14th Shamarpa, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, was born in Tibet and recognized and enthroned there by his uncle, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, supreme head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. More »
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June 10, 2014

Painting the West Saffron

A new map published by the Washington Post misrepresents Buddhist populations in Western states. Jeff Wilson
Scholars have known for some time that Buddhism is the largest religion in Hawaii after Christianity, the majority religion in all US states. Now—according to an article in last week’s Washington Post—Buddhism has also attained second-place status in a dozen Western states. More »
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June 06, 2014

The Graduates

Two young publishers bring the voices of exiled Tibetans to light
Kelsang and his friend Tenzin are both graduating seniors from the Tibetan Children’s Village, commonly known as TCV. In their spare time they publish Exile World, a small newspaper that serves as an important voice for young Tibetan writers living in exile. Watch more short films about Tibetans living in exile at the Tibetan Stories website. More »
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June 05, 2014

God or Human?

While Buddhism has a place for gods, the Buddha wasn’t exactly one of them. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the sixth 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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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

“Massacre”

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 »