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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 »
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November 11, 2013

Sand Mandala Commemorates Akong Rinpoche

The making and destruction of a mandala in pictures Gerry McCulloch
Last month, a group of Tashi Lhunpo monks created a sand mandala at London's Samye Dzong to commemorate its founder, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, who was killed in China on October 8th. Of all the artistic traditions of tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand is one of the most exquisite. The mandala represents the celestial mansion or abode of a principal deity or deities, surrounded by their retinues, and representing the path and fruition of the particular cycle of practices. More »
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November 06, 2013

More Radical Than You Think

Buddhist Global Relief marches against hunger in NYC Max Zahn
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November 05, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok

Overcoming intractable political obstacles, one lama founded a thriving Buddhist academy in China’s Tibet 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 Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, by Antonio Terrone.  More »
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October 31, 2013

An Act of Conscience

The power of walking Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
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October 30, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Halloween Edition

Buddhist literature has never shied away from the dark and frightening 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. More »
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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 »