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June 09, 2008

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Comments

Got something to say? Tricycle wants to hear it. Our revamped website is up and running, and among our fancy new features is a comments section below every article. Tricycle is always striving to make our content fit our reader's needs and interests. Whether you think we've missed the mark or hit the bullseye, please let us know what you think over at www.tricycle.com. More »
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June 09, 2008

Dating advice? Career Woes? Ask the Dalai Lama

Westerners flock to Dharamsala to get life advice from the Dalai Lama. More »
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June 09, 2008

Carbon Footprints and Your Dinner

The average American family produces 8.1 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year as a result of the food they eat -- almost twice as much as that produced by the average car in the same time period. So regarding that food we eat, a new study argues that it's not so much how far your food travels, but what it is and how it is is grown or raised that really matters. The big offenders are red meat and dairy. More »
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June 05, 2008

From Jack Kornfield, Sunday June 1st

Since the devastation of Cyclone Nargis, it is hard to wisely hold the suffering of all the news coming out of Burma.  As a Buddhist monk in Burma I received the immense generosity and kindness of the Burmese people.  Now I want to do all I can to help.  Friends and those hundreds of staff working on the ground for our Foundation for the People of Burma in the Irrawaddi delta, tell us amazing stories …With heroic perseverance these people surmount daunting obstacles to their work on a daily basis.  Maung Lay, a student volunteer, drove a truck full of rice to 3 villages that had almost no food for 2 weeks.  The military roadblock stopped him to confiscate the food.  Maung Lay looked directly at the young soldiers and replied, “You will have to kill me first.”  They let him pass and the food got through.  Despite military harassment, threat of disease, and challenging logistics, the local network of a few groups like the Foundation for the People of Burma have brought life saving relief More »
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June 05, 2008

Lynda Barry in New York City

Famed graphic novelist Lynda Barry's in town, and Tricycle contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky went to see her at last night's crowded book signing at lower Manhattan's Strand bookstore, with its famed "8 Miles of Books"--or at least that's how they touted it when I worked there way back in 1983. Frank met Lynda a few decades ago, and when he read about the upcoming publication of her latest book What It Is, he called and asked her to contribute to Tricycle. More »
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June 04, 2008

Arrest Yourself for Aung San Suu Kyi

A call to action from the U.S. Campaign for Burma, by way of Precious Metal. Also, don't miss the steamiest love story in the history of Mongolia. You may be shocked to hear that monastics are involved. More »
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June 04, 2008

U.S. Ships Leave Burma; Quake Parents' Anguish in China

TNR calls for action against the Burmese junta. But instead U.S. Navy ships are leaving the region, still filled with food and mecial supplies they were not allowed to distribute. And parents of the many children who were killed when their schools collapsed in the China quake -- hundreds collapsed wile government buildings remained standing -- continue to bravely express their grief and anger in the face of police pressure to shut up and go home. More »
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June 04, 2008

Tha Dalai Lama Condemns Veneration of Shugden

His Holiness's office put out a statement concluding: [The Dalai Lama] has stated that, as someone in a leadership position, it is his responsibility to speak out against the damaging consequences of this kind of spirit worship. Whether or not his advice is heeded, His Holiness has stated, is a matter for the individual. However, since he personally feels strongly about the negativity of this practice, he has requested that those who continue to propitiate Dolgyal, do not attend his formal religious teachings which traditionally require the establishment of a teacher-disciple relationship. Meanwhile the Olympic torch is due to arrive in Lhasa in just over two weeks. More »
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June 03, 2008

Buddhist Chaplains and a Hip-Hop Duo

Danny Fisher speaks with Joan Halifax Roshi about Buddhist chaplaincy and many other things. And music from hip-hop duo Shambhala on The Worst Horse. More »
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June 03, 2008

Who's in the Junta?

Jacob Leibenluft investigates. More »
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June 02, 2008

Buddhist Closeness

This story has been kicking around for a while -- call it extreme Buddhist closeness, a couple that's never more than fifteen feet away from one another. And today this variation on the theme. More »
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June 02, 2008

Burmese Still Lack Aid

A month after the storm, hundred of thousands of Burmese still have received no aid. Moe than 69,000 people have died in the earthquake in China's Sichuan province, and because many of the survivors did not have insurance (or the right kind of insurance) they're finding themselves out in the cold. And more on incense being bad for your lungs. More »
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May 31, 2008

Monks Succeed Where Junta Fails

The junta has proved itself paranoid and incompetent in dealing with the cyclone, so the monks are taking over. Amazing what a little compassion can do. More »
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May 30, 2008

China talks peace with Taiwan

China invites Taiwan to the table and talks peace. [Kuomintang* Chairman] Wu in turn said the Chinese and Taiwanese should make sure that their people never take up arms against each other again, in comments that also touched on this month's devastating earthquake in China's southwest. "We cannot guarantee there won't be any natural disasters any more on both sides of the strait, but through our mutual efforts, we can ensure there is no war," he said. Is China opening up, or appeasing the west, or both? * Taiwan's ruling party. More »
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May 29, 2008

Death and Cookies

Aging, illness, and death are inevitable. Many Buddhists deal with this truth by meditating and contemplating such concepts as emptiness, impermanence, and interconnectedness. Another way people often handle thoughts of these pillars of suffering? Delicious cookies. In a study published in New Scientist , participants with low self-esteem who were assigned to ponder their own deaths ate more cookies (thoughts of death had little impact on those with high self-esteem). Ruminations of mortality also inclined them to spend more money. "When you indulge in shopping or eating, it helps you forget yourself," notes Dirk "Captain Obvious" Smeesters of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. More »
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May 29, 2008

What Would Buddha Do?

More about politics than dharma, but still. From Huffington Post. (Hat tip: WoodMoor Village Zendo.) More »
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May 29, 2008

Nepal becomes a republic

In case you missed it, Nepal's king is now history. Mikel Dunham's blog has great info on this and everything Nepal, and more. More »
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May 29, 2008

Karmapa at Naropa

Danny Fisher has the video. (Also see the Karmapa Visit blog.) More »
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May 29, 2008

Burma lets in aid workers; cyclone a "window of opportunity" for dialogue with junta

Burma has finally approved visas for aid workers waiting to get into the country. 2.5 million people are estimated to be in need of aid. The U.S. Navy is apparently still waiting, though the junta's being a little leery fo the U.S. military shouldn't surprise or offend anyone. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the U.N.'s former special rapporteur with Burma, says that the cyclone has opened a "window of opportunity" for dialogue with the junta, though terrible obstacles still remain and he describes the junta as paranoid. More »
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May 29, 2008

Public Enemy of All Mankind

Actress Sharon Stone, whose controversial comments on the China Quake being karmic payback for repression in Tibet (mentioned in a comment by tiny thinker on this post) has been dropped from ads in China by Dior at China's request. China's label for Stone: "public enemy of all mankind." Where's Michelle Malkin when you need her? Speaking of strident overreactions, China has been crying terror about the Olympics for some time. The New York Times's Nicholas Kristof went to western China to check it out. More »