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February 18, 2009

A moment of calm...

...ten minutes really, with Tara Brach, courtesy of Beliefnet. More »
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February 17, 2009

Jan Willis named 2009 Outstanding Woman in Buddhism

Wesleyan professor of religion and East Asian studies Jan Willis has been named "Outstanding Woman in Buddhism" for 2009 and will be presented with the award in Bangkok, Thailand later this year. Read an informative article on her achievements here. A member of Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s and an active participant in the civil rights movement, Willis has written about her extraordinary life in Dreaming Me. A second edition of the book was published last year by Wisdom Pubs, with a new afterword by Bettina Aptheker. More »
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February 15, 2009

Who Believes in Evolution?

A Pew chart, courtesy The Daily Dish: (Off the chart: Jehovah's Witnesses at 8%.) More »
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February 14, 2009

Dunkin' Dharma

"What's next?" asks Tricycle contributing editor and founding designer Frank Olinsky. "Donuts with enso icing?" More »
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February 13, 2009

Astrophysicist Adam Frank on Buddhism & Science

Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birthday and that makes it a good time to think about Buddhism’s proper place in the ongoing Religion vs. Science debate. So much of the public discussion about Science and Religion revolves endlessly around the pole of Evolution vs. Christian fundamentalism. This is a subject that seems beside the point to thoughtful practitioners of Buddhism. As a whole, Buddhist communities seem to be far more open to science and its worldview. More »
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February 13, 2009

Compassion Marathon

Like it or not St. Valentine's Day will soon be upon us and other than sittng around feeling sorry for yourself, what do you have planned? How about participating in a Compassion Marathon? This comes our way courtesy of Konchog of DODR. More »
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February 12, 2009

Ten Zen Questions

UK psychologist Susan Blackmore is a highly sought-after expert on a recurring theme in Buddhist inquiry: consciousness. She is the author of Consciousness: An Introduction, Conversations on Consciousness, A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness, and the acclaimed book The Meme Machine. We've just gotten our hands on her latest project, a synthesis of philosophy and practice entitled Ten Zen Questions. The stumpers Blackmore poses are not easy to get a handle on, but that is exactly the point: Am I conscious now? What was I conscious of a moment ago? When are you? What happens next? More »
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February 09, 2009

Tricycle Community Page

We've just launched the Tricycle Community page with "The Big Sit: Tricycle's 90-Day Zen Meditation Challenge." This is the first of many events to follow so we hope you'll join us at Or just click on The Big Sit box on our home page. Participating teachers include: Pat Enkyo O'Hara Roshi; Joan Halifax Roshi; Josho Pat Phelan Sensei; Martine Batchelor; Dosho Port; Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts, Sensei; Derrick Lo; Elihu Genmyo Smith; and Dairyu Michael Wenger. Stay tuned. We'll keep you up-to-date here and elsewhere. Our  e-newsletter will also keep you current. More »
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February 09, 2009

Dalai Lama Joins Twitter -- or not

Just as the Pope did, the DL is taking the plunge. Best of luck to him! Properly speaking it's the Office of the Dalai Lama. His handle? @OHHDL. But wait, that account seems to be down. Chinese government hackers? UPDATE: Or not. More »
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February 05, 2009

Master Sheng Yen's last teaching

Our thanks to Guogu (Dr. Jimmy Yu of Florida State University) for sharing Master Sheng Yen's death poem: Busy with nothing, growing old. Within emptiness, weeping, laughing. Intrinsically, there is no "I." Life and death, thus cast aside. More »
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February 04, 2009

What is Mindfulness?

A very good post over at One City where gzza compares two views of mindfulness, one from Thanissaro Bhikkhu and one from Henepola Gunaratana: In “Mindfulness Defined” (available free here), Thanissaro Bhikkhu writes: “The Buddha discovered that the way you attend to things is determined by what you see as important—the questions you bring to the practice, the problems you want the practice to solve. No act of attention is ever bare. If there were no problems in life you could open yourself up choicelessly to whatever came along. But the fact is there is a big problem smack dab in the middle of everything you do: the suffering that comes from acting in ignorance. This is why the Buddha doesn’t tell you to view each moment with a beginner’s eyes. More »
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February 04, 2009

Dalai Lama resting after hospital visit

The Dalai Lama is doing well and resting after being released from the hospital where he was treated for what is variously described as a slipped disc, pinched nerve, and arm pain. An aide says doctors described his condition as "nothing serious." He is expected to travel to Germany and Italy (but not the Vatican) this week. More »
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February 03, 2009

Master Sheng Yen Passes Away

Chan Master Sheng Yen has passed away in Taiwan. He was 79. He appeared in the last two issues of Tricycle: The Wanderer, from the Winter 2008 issue Rich Generosity, from the Spring 2009 issue. More on Dharma Drum Mountain. More »
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February 02, 2009

Tibetan New Year cancellations; London arrests

Students for a Free Tibet reports that Tibetan exile groups worldwide will cancel celebrations for Tibetan New Year, or Losar, which falls this year on February 25th, in homage to the 200+ Tibetans killed in last year's demonstrations against the Chinese government. Meanwhile, several protestors were arrested in London today after hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Chinese embassy to protest a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. More »
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February 01, 2009

The Trouble with Tulkus

Michael Powell in the New York Times looks at the problematic issue of the Dalai Lama's reincarnation: There is little linear about lama succession in Tibet. And now, as the 14th Dalai Lama journeys into his 74th year, the question of how to pick his successor has come to preoccupy both him and his followers, as Tibet stands at an ever more precarious political pass. More »
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January 28, 2009

Two Bits

Why do Buddhist Pray to Idols? and a post on A Buddhist Catholic Blog with links to Reggie Ray talks. More »
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January 28, 2009

Power Abused, Giant Buddha Used

Thanks to Konchog and his nose for news: On one occasion, Dr. Novello purchased a heavy statue of Buddha during a shopping excursion in Troy, N.Y., then required a Health Department security guard to move it into her apartment, and then a few days later move it to another spot in her home because she didn’t like how it looked, according to the report, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. More »
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January 27, 2009

Online Meditation Timer

You can download one for your iPod too, thanks to Treeleaf Zendo. (And Barbara for the tip.) More »
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January 26, 2009

New Year pictures, Dalai Lama's Olympic woes

Images of the New Year here. The Dalai Lama cancels a visit to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho, apparently under pressure from a certain government, and is uninvited to the Winter Olympics for the same reason. More »
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January 26, 2009

3D Sex and Zen

Ummmmm... Ordinarily the use and abuse of Zen as a marketing term doesn't bother me too much, but this one really seems beyond the pale. (Danny Fisher and the Buddhist Blog and The Worst Horse -- who is on top of this latest one -- and a few others have done good work documenting this.) "3D Sex and Zen"? It's a Hong Kong-made film said to be an update of the popular "Sex and Zen". More »