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January 28, 2014

Bits of Poetry That Stick Like Burrs

An excerpt from Dept. of Speculation Jenny Offill
There is a man who travels around the world trying to find places where you can stand still and hear no human sound. It is impossible to feel calm in cities, he believes, because we so rarely hear birdsong there. Our ears evolved to be our warning systems. We are on high alert in places where no birds sing. To live in a city is to be forever flinching. The Buddhists say there are 121 states of consciousness. Of these, only three involve misery or suffering. Most of us spend our time moving back and forth between these three. Blue jays spend every Friday with the devil, the old lady at the park told me. More »
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January 23, 2014

Buddha Buzz: Week of January 20th

Buddha Soup and Alleged Louisiana School Discrimination Max Zahn
My body’s too Buddhalicious for ya, babe These pictures from the pages of London’s notorious Daily Mail depict two naked statues, identified as the likenesses of the Buddha, atop a soup restaurant in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, Shandong province. But is that really the usually svelte ancient Indian we know as the Buddha? More »
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January 22, 2014

The Price of Dignity

When it comes to eliminating poverty, private charity cannot replace public policy. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Fifty years ago this month, in his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Johnson urged Congress and the American people to join him in the struggle against poverty; it was a struggle, he said, we could “not afford to lose.” Johnson understood that to improve the condition of the destitute, we had to attack the root causes of poverty, and not merely its symptoms. More »
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January 19, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Sharon Salzberg & Real Happiness at Work

A conversation with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg
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January 18, 2014

Buddha Buzz: Week of January 13th

Buddha, you made the front page! Max Zahn
Smack dab in the center of Monday’s New York Times was nothing other than the gilded visage of the Buddha himself. There he was—in all of his glory—atop the latest revelations about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s traffic fixation and alongside an alarmist investigation of state politics. More »
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January 15, 2014

Treasury of Lives: Tsangnyon Heruka

Tibet’s most famous holy madman 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 Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso, by Miranda Adams.  More »
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January 13, 2014

Past Life

A Tibetan Buddhist monk reflects on his rock 'n' roll roots
This short documentary tells the story of Kelsang Pawo (formerly Jeff Mince), a drummer-turned-monk who performed with punk rocker Nina Hagen during the mid-90s Los Angeles rock scene.  Produced by Elizabeth Jenkins Featuring Kelsang Pawo, Resident Teacher at Serlingpa Kadampa Meditation Center More »
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January 10, 2014

Myogen Steve Stücky, San Francisco Zen Center's First Central Abbot, Dies at 67

The Board of San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco Zen Center’s first central abbot, Myogen Steve Stücky, died shortly after 4:00 on the morning of December 31 at his home in Rohnert Park, California. He was 67. More »
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January 10, 2014

Buddha Buzz: Week of January 6th

Buddhist Heavy Metal, Fake Monks, and Cambodian Uprising Max Zahn
Bang That Tibetan Bowl More »
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January 10, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Geshe Wangyal: America's First Lama

A conversation with Tricycle contributors David Urubshurow and Joel McCleary
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January 09, 2014


An excerpt from Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness Ram Dass
An excerpt from Ram Dass' Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness. For more in Dass, read "America's Guru: Ram Dass at 82" in the current issue of Tricycle. In the mid-sixties there seemed to be an expectation that if we got high, we’d be free. We were not quite realistic about the profundity of man’s attachments and deep clingings. We thought that if only we knew how to get high the right way, we wouldn’t come down. And that was our attempt. Then in the late sixties, there was the idea that if we joined the movement and became part of a model of how to stay high, we’d be able to do it. So in the late sixties and early seventies, there was a tremendous interest in mass movements. More »
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December 30, 2013

Discovering Your True Nature: A Teaching with Andrew Holecek

As historian Arnold Toynbee once said, “death is un-American.” Author and Buddhist teacher Andrew Holecek uses this quote to open "Transforming Our Greatest Obstacle into Our Greatest Opportunity," his January online retreat on forming a spiritual relationship with our own death. Holecek notes that if we approach death—our greatest obstacle and the one thing that is certain in life—with assertion and confidence, we can turn it into our greatest opportunity for spiritual progress. Watch this special introductory teaching, and be sure to check in to his retreat, available beginning January 6th, 2013. More »
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December 22, 2013

Tricycle's Top 13 of 2013

A compilation of this year's heavy hitters
It was a good year. And to showcase just how good, we've put together the crème de la crème of Tricycle in 2013. From the story of how Tibetan Buddhism really came to America, to the hilarious ups and downs on the path to enlightenment, to HHDL as an angry Marxist, our list below (with clickable images!) has it all. This year, we also introducted Tricycle Original Shorts and featured 12 eclectic teachers in our online retreats. Let us know if we missed anything and what your favorites of 2013 were in the comments section. And Happy New Year! From the magazine: More »
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December 17, 2013

Swamp Marigold

Sick and on the fringe, a mother looks to nature to overcome chronic pain Elizabeth Bastos
I started going to pain clinics for spinal injections and physical therapy after I was diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis six years ago. I was given the advice to keep a pain journal to record my symptoms, and for a while I did. And it was so depressing that I started referring to my journal as Fuck This Shit. I, who had been a brick house, was, in my 40s, crumbling to bits.  It certainly passes the time for the chronically ill to keep a log of symptoms, but is it healing? I have my doubts. When you have a chronic disease, you know there’s going to be a Greek chorus of tragedies big and small and symptoms that pop up like Whack-A-Moles. The question is: What do you do about it? More »
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December 16, 2013

A Very Buddhist Christmas...Carol

A short featuring some of your favorite holiday characters—and a couple of your Buddhist ones, too
Here at Tricycle, we love holiday themed videos—check out our Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide and last year's A Very Buddhist Christmas. So we made one more video for you this year, featuring some of our favorite holiday characters...and a couple of Buddhist ones, too. "A Very Buddhist Christmas...Carol" reworks the lyrics of "Here We Come A-Caroling" to "Here We Come to Meditate." Watch the video and sing along: More »
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December 13, 2013

Treasury of Lives: The 4th Dalai Lama

The story of the Mongolian Dalai Lama Miranda Adams
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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December 12, 2013

Recent discovery of “earliest Buddhist shrine” a sham?

The story that garnered international headlines made numerous unfounded and misinformed claims Richard Gombrich
In the December 2013 issue of the archaeological journal Antiquity there appears an article by several authors, headed by Prof. Robin Coningham of Durham University. Its appearance has been successfully managed to secure international publicity. The article was embargoed until a specified hour, timed to immediately succeed an announcement to the press in the USA. More »
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December 06, 2013

Buddha Buzz: Week of December 2nd

Monks in the streets and gods on beer bottles Max Zahn
Thai Monks Participate in Anti-Government Protests More »
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December 06, 2013

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Says Goodbye to Nelson Mandela

  Speaking in New Dehli today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama reflected on the life and work of his friend Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday at age 95. "I am one of his admirers," His Holiness said. "We must carry on his spirit from generation to generation." The two peacemakers met in South Africa in 1996. More »
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December 03, 2013

What’s Noble about the Four Noble Truths?

The doctrine that brings ordinary people to noble attainment Thanissaro Bhikkhu
When people ask me this question, they often seem a little embarrassed, for fear that it’s impolite or too obvious, but it’s well worth asking. After all, the end of suffering and the path to its end might be noble, but what’s noble about suffering and the craving that causes it? If anything, by attributing all suffering to craving, the truths seem to deny the possibility of noble suffering entirely. And what does it mean for a truth to be “noble” anyway? More »