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December 21, 2012

Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of December 17

Emma Varvaloucas
Did everybody survive the Mayan apocalypse? Good, good. Then it's time for one more Buddha Buzz before the Trike staff takes a week off for the holidays. Don't miss us too much! Before I mention anything else, we've put together a collection of Buddhist responses to the Newtown tragedy from some of the teachers we all know and love. You can read it here. As you gather with your loved ones next week for the holidays, please keep the victims of the Newtown shooting and their families in your minds and hearts. More »
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December 20, 2012

Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Three Stories in One

Jeff Watt
Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Three Stories in One More »
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December 20, 2012

Compassionate Gift Giving Ideas: The Trace Foundation

One way to give compassionately and intelligently this holiday season is to widen the net of those who receive the benefit of your generosity by donating to charities and nonprofit organizations. You can forego traditional presents and instead make a donation in your loved one's name, or you can pledge to donate the amount of money you spend on holiday gifts this year to a worthy cause. More »
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December 19, 2012

Interview with Nichiren Buddhist Singer Ifé Sanchez Mora

Ifé Sanchez Mora, known onstage as just Ifé, is a NY-based singer, songwriter, and Nichiren Daishonin practitioner. A Detroit native, Ifé pulls from a wide variety of musical influences, including those from her Mexican and African heritage as well as American blues, rock, and soul music, seamlessly melding them into her own distinctive sound. (You can give her music a listen February 5, when her new album Fire Inside of Me is released.) Ifé, born into the Nichiren Buddhist tradition, became comfortable with her own voice through chanting practice, and her deep connection to Buddhism inspires and influences her music to this day. Tricycle’s Alex Caring-Lobel spoke with Ifé over the phone about the essence of Nichiren and Soka Gakkai, the influence of her practice on her career, and the importance of community.   More »
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December 18, 2012

Compassionate Gift Giving Ideas: The Metta School and Sakyadhita Nunnery

One way to give compassionately and intelligently this holiday season is to widen the net of those who receive the benefit of your generosity by donating to charities and nonprofit organizations. You can forego traditional presents and instead make a donation in your loved one's name, or you can pledge to donate the amount of money you spend on holiday gifts this year to a worthy cause. Every Tuesday and Thursday here on Tricycle's Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide, we'll be posting about Buddhist organizations who could use your help this holiday season. More »
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December 18, 2012

Treasury of Lives: Kagyu Founders Part 3, First Karmapa and Lama Zhang

Alexander Gardner
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition. More »
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December 18, 2012

Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Offers 2013 Women in Buddhism Grants

For those of you who may qualify for the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation's 2013 Women in Buddhism grants, which support women-led Buddhist organizations, programs, and initiatives, board member Liz Lewinson sent us the following information:   The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism is proud to announce the availability of four annual Women in Buddhism grants during 2013.  Each $2,500 grant supports women-led Buddhist organizations, programs and initiatives designed to cultivate a new generation of American women Buddhist leaders. In 2012, the first year of the program, grants were given to the following organizations: More »
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December 17, 2012

A Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide

Service as Generosity
In today's Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide dharma talk, teacher Gil Fronsdal speaks about service as generosity. It's the perfect reminder for those of us who are feeling stressed and exhausted about shopping for gifts—as Gil reminds us, the result of generosity should be peace, not being burned out and in conflict. If we are feeling the latter instead of the former, we might want to examine whether we're giving in the spirit of selfless love or out of a sense of duty and obligation. If you missed Gil's previous talks, you can find them here and here. More »
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December 17, 2012

A New Buddhist Story: Week Three of David Loy's Retreat

In this third week of David Loy's retreat, he delves further into the notion of a collective self, suggesting that in order to strive for a "collective awakening," we as a species need to reconsider our current "story," or our prevailing perception of ourselves and where we come from. Taking us through various historical points of view on "the Story," from theistic narratives to the more recent scientific narratives, Loy closely examines the Western conception of evolutionary theory and offers ways that Buddhism can reinterpret evolution. Instead of understanding evolution as a naturally competitive force of nature, we can look at it as an intrinsically self-creative process. Loy finishes by suggesting that we can view it as a macrocosm of our own consciousness—essentially as the process by which the universe awakens to itself. More »
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December 14, 2012

Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of December 10

Emma Varvaloucas
A couple months ago a review copy of the book How to Think More about Sex came to the Trike offices (we didn't order it, I swear). I remember looking at it quizzically—I'm feeling literary today, so let's say I looked at it with a furrowed brow—thinking, why would anyone want to think more about sex? Certainly we could all stand to think a little less about it. More »
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December 13, 2012

Compassionate Gift Giving Ideas: Zen Hospice Project

One way to give compassionately and intelligently this holiday season is to widen the net of those who receive the benefit of your generosity by donating to charities and nonprofit organizations. You can forego traditional presents and instead make a donation in your loved one's name, or you can pledge to donate the amount of money you spend on holiday gifts this year to a worthy cause. More »
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December 13, 2012

Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Portraits

Jeff Watt
Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. This week Jeff describes the history of portraiture in Himalayan art. Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Portraits More »
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December 12, 2012

Tricycle Talk with Shamar Rinpoche

Welcome to the latest installment of Tricycle Talks, our audio interviews with prominent Buddhist voices. More »
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December 11, 2012

Treasury of Lives: Gyelse Zhenpen Taye Ozer and the Founding of Sri Simha College

Alexander Gardner
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition.   The Second Nalanda: Gyelse Zhenpen Taye Ozer and the Founding of Sri Simha College More »
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December 11, 2012

Compassionate Gift Giving Ideas: Rolling Jubilee

Alex Caring-Lobel
One way to give compassionately and intelligently this holiday season is to widen the net of those who receive the benefit of your generosity. Every Tuesday here on Tricycle's Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide, we'll be posting about organizations that could use your help this holiday season. Rolling Jubilee: The People's Bailout More »
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December 10, 2012

Behind the Scenes Look at Tricycle Artist Beppe Giacobbe

The artist behind our striking cover this issue is Beppe Giacobbe, an artist from Milan. One of the Tricycle staffers found this whimsical, behind-the-scenes video of his work on YouTube last week. Whether he's doing work for us or for Chevy Spark, who sponsored the video, it seems like Giacobbe's style remains the same. As he says in the beginning of the video, "My art in three words? White, red, and black."   More »
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December 10, 2012

Healing Oneself, Healing the Earth: Second Week of David Loy's Retreat

In this second week of David Loy's retreat, he discusses how we can understand the parallels between personal and collective dukkha. By examining the ways that we construct an individual "I" that is separate from those around us, he explains how modern civilizations have separated themselves from the biosphere. He offers a history of where this distinction between 'construction' and nature began, tracing it back to the ancient Greeks, and suggests this may be an origin for a very important aspect of modern dukkha, which is characterized by an anxiety that grows out of a sense of not knowing one's place or role in this world.   More »
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December 10, 2012

Generosity as Practice

A Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide
A very Happy Hanukkah to all of the JuBus out there! So it's one week into the holiday season. How's it going for everyone? Me, I've gone on a holiday decorating rampage in my apartment, which means that even my Buddhist paraphernelia has undergone the Christmas treatment (example at right). More »
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December 07, 2012

Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of December 3

Frolicking around the Buddhist interwebz today, I stumbled upon the very cool new project Radio Buddha. It's an Internet radio station that streams multi-tradition Buddhist dharma talks, sutras, and prayers 24/7. 24/7! And it's all free! Right now the line-up is leaning heavily on the Tibetan side, but perhaps as they gather more audio content the schedule will become more well-rounded. More »