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October 29, 2013

Taming the Mind

A video teaching with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
In this exclusive online video teaching filmed at the Garrison Institute in upstate New York, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche speaks with Tricycle on an array of topics concerning Buddhism and modernity. Rinpoche explains how to rid ourselves of unhealthy habits (from alcoholism to poor diet) and how to live amongst unhealthy surroundings, as well as argues that technology can be helpful "if we have a good heart." "Buddhism is the science of the mind and the art of life," he says in the teaching. "The bottom line is: how can we be more kind to each other?" More »
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October 29, 2013

Why are Buddhists so Nice?

Buddhism and Islam in the American imagination Thomas A. Tweed
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October 28, 2013

The Old Human Demoness

A Tibetan ghost story Chokey Dolma
To showcase the richness of Tibetan ghost stories and to celebrate Halloween, Trace Foundation invited you to send in your scariest, most hair-raising entries for a Tibetan ghost story competition. Learn more about Trace Foundation and their work over at www.trace.org. More »
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October 24, 2013

Thai Buddhism's Supreme Patriarch Dies at 100

Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara led the sangha for over 20 years
Thailand's Supreme Patriarch, who led the country's order of Buddhist monks for over two decades, died Thursday, at age 100: Doctors said that Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (SOM-ded PRA YA-na-SUNG-WORN) died at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, where he had been treated since being admitted for an illness more than a decade ago, on Feb. 20, 2002. Thailand is the world's most heavily Buddhist country, with more than 90 percent of its 67 million people members of the religion. As the head of the religion, the patriarch has legal authority to oversee different sects of Buddhism. More »
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October 22, 2013

Treasury of Lives: The 2nd Dalai Lama

The extraordinary life of Gendun Gyatso 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 First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub, by Miranda Adams. More »
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October 18, 2013

Wouldn’t it be better if you practiced the dharma?

The sayings of Kadam master Dromtönpa Thupten Jinpa
Again, an elder was once circumambulating the outer perimeter at Radreng Monastery. Dromtönpa asked him, “O elder, performing circumambulation may be satisfying, but wouldn’t it be better if you practiced the Dharma?” The elder felt that, instead of performing circumambulations, perhaps it would be more effective if he were to read Mahayana sutras, so he began to read sutras on the temple veranda. Dromtönpa then asked him, “Reading sutras might also be satisfying, but wouldn’t it be better if you practiced the Dharma?” The elder took this as a sign that, when contrasted with reading sutras, engaging in meditative absorption is more profitable, so he abandoned reading sutras and sat down with his eyes closed. Again, Dromtönpa asked, “Meditating might also be satisfying, but wouldn’t it be better to practice the Dharma instead?” More »
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October 17, 2013

Event: "In the Spirit: Music From the World's Great Traditions"

A concert with composer Philip Glass
Join Tricycle for a special evening of international music and celebration. "In the Spirit: Music from the World's Greatest Traditions" will feature the New York City premiere of Songs of Milarepa, composed by Philip Glass and set to poems by Milarepa (1052–1135), a famous saint and poet of Tibet. The evening will also include performances by Pomerium, Riyaaz Qawwali, Foday Musa Suso, Wu Man, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and the Scorchio Quartet. Details:Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.mThe Townhall, 123 West 43rd StreetTickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-982-2787. More »
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October 16, 2013

Another Reason Why Colorado Buddhists Should Love the Dalai Lama

His Holiness speaks in support of medical marijuana
On a recent visit to Mexico, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama said he supported medical marijuana use, although he spoke against using the drug recreationally. A brave (and questionably sober) member of the audience broached the issue. More on Buddhism and drugs: "Liberty and LSD" by John Perry Barlow "A High History of Buddhism" by Rick Fields "Psychedelic Journey to the Zafu" by Nina Wise More »
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October 15, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Garwang Dorje and Chowang Dorje Dzinpa

The end of an incarnation line 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 Garwang Dorje and Chowang Dorje Dzinpa, originally told by Michael Burroughs. More »
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October 10, 2013

Preserving the Fecundity of the Earth

Climate change poses the single greatest threat to the world’s food supply. But we can stop it. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Among the many things that the Buddhist principle of conditionality teaches us, three are particularly pertinent to any endeavor to diagnose and alleviate suffering on a global scale. The first is that events and processes that appear remote and disconnected from one another may be intimately connected through subtle chains of influence operating subliminally across the systems that generate them. The second is that conditions that appear slight and insignificant on their own can converge to produce effects massive in their impact. Third is that human volition is an important factor in the web of conditions and can thus transform even processes driven by the weight of physical laws. More »
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October 08, 2013

Treasury of Lives: The 1st Adzom Drukpa, Drodul Pawo

Dilgo Khyentse’s early teacher 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 1st Adzom Drukpa by Alexander Gardner with Samten Chhosphel.  More »
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October 07, 2013

Faith in Mind

A classic Chan poem on mind training Jianzhi Sengcan
  Attaining the Way is not difficult, Just avoid picking and choosing. If you have neither aversion nor desire, You’ll thoroughly understand. A hair’s breadth difference Is the gap between heaven and earth. If you want it to come forth Let there be no positive and negative. For such comparisons Are a sickness of the mind. More »
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October 04, 2013

The Map to Enlightenment

Infographics on the Path Talia Shulze
Getting to Nirvana is tough. No straight road exists, but that's the point. Artist Talia Shulze has created these infographics to illustrate this and other Buddhist truths. So, here's to the journey! —Joanna Piacenza, Web Manager More »
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October 02, 2013

Treasury of Lives: The 1st Dalai Lama

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the 1st Dalai Lama (But Were Afraid to Ask) 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 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub, by Miranda Adams.  More »
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October 01, 2013

S. N. Goenka, Pioneer of Secular Meditation Movement, Dies at 90

Erik Braun
S. N. Goenka, leader of an enormously popular worldwide insight meditation (vipassana) movement, died on September 29 of natural causes in Mumbai, India. He was 90 years old. More »
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September 30, 2013

The Art of Undermining your Significant Other

7 ways to be a mindful jerk P.B. Law
One of America’s most under-appreciated talents is the sheer genius of its married and unmarried couples in using the language and insights of therapy to destroy their relationships. Decades ago, when psychoanalysis was all the rage, husbands and wives found that throwing a few Freudian insights into their arguments gave both an air of authority to their dismissive judgments of each other and a death-dealing blow to the survival of a healthy relationship. If your parents knew any Freudian jargon, you may remember exchanges like this: More »
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September 29, 2013

An Interview with Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the Head Priest of Shinnyo-en

Last weekend, the Tricycle team was pleased to attend the Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating for Peace ceremony in New York City's Central Park. Led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the weekend-long event attracted thousands of visitors and honored the public and personal peacemakers in our lives. In this exclusive interview, Her Holiness speaks with Tricycle about her traditional Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana) Buddhist training, the thrust of Shinnyo-en's teachings, and the importance of continuing these international ceremonies for peace. More »
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September 27, 2013

Culture Wars

As science invades the humanities, our understanding of Buddhism hangs in the balance Linda Heuman
In view of Western Buddhists’ eagerness to collaborate with the scientific study of Buddhism, it might be a good idea to consider whether this collaboration is likely, in the long run, to affirm or prove injurious to the very values and understandings that make one a Buddhist in the first place. In so doing, we might cast an eye to academia, where interdisciplinary cross-fertilization between the humanities and the sciences is all the rage. With a brain-science model moving into traditionally non-scientific realms like aesthetics, ethics, and literature, how have the humanities fared? More »
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September 24, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Zhangton Chober

The legend of the Lamdre transmission 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. When it comes to key figures in lineage transmissions, biographers often have to grapple with inconvenient and conflicting data. These issues remain contentious because lineage holders are vital links in the chains that connects today's teachers to the Buddha. Take, for example, Zhangton Chobar (1053–1135), and the legend surrounding his transmission of the Lamdre teachings. More »
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September 20, 2013

Bedouin Moon

A takeaway show with musician Paul Weinfield