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February 20, 2008

Killing the Buddha

2001: KtB: The Buddha is dead. 2008: The Buddha: KtB is dead. Vaya con dios. More »
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February 20, 2008

"Dive-bar Dharma" in Salon

Salon has an interesting article called Dive-bar Dharma about Ethan Nichtern and Noah Levine and the new generation of Buddhists (or at least one of the new generations) in New York. The article mentions the graying of American dharma centers, and we should note this is true of all -- or maybe we should most -- churches and religions across the industrialized world, so the solution to this problem is by no means unique to Buddhism or even Buddhism in the West. More »
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February 20, 2008

Makha Bucha Day, Wat Dhammakaya, and the Metta Center

Makha Bucha Day is a major holiday in Thailand and it falls tomorrow, February 21. According to Buddhist scriptures, nine months after Siddharttha Gautama attained enlightenment, on the full-moon day of the third lunar month, a total of 1,250 disciples of the Buddha from various places spontaneously assembled at Veluvan in Magadha to pay respect to the Buddha. This meeting is considered very significant in Buddhist history because first, it was done without previous appointment and was therefore a miracle, and secondly, all the disciples had been ordained by the Buddha himself and had attained sainthood and become arahants. Wat Dhammakaya's website will let you experience Makha Bucha from the comfort of your own home. More »
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February 20, 2008

Bombs in Burma; Buddhist Burned Alive in Thailand

Several small bombs were set off in a hotel in northern Burma, while violence continues in southern Thailand, ignored by the world. This time the victim was a 46-year-old Buddhist man who was shot then burned alive. Another man was also shot but managed to escape the militants. More »
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February 20, 2008

Burma's New Constitution will exclude Aung San Suu Kyi from government (again)

Burma finishes up a draft of their new constitution and not surprisingly Aung San Suu Kyi won't be allowed to run for election in 2010. This is part of their faint pretense at moving toward democracy. ASEAN, criticized for lack of action throughout the Burmese crisis, expresses concern. Burma's junta could give two figs what the world think, but China cares, and China controls the purse strings. So when the junta kicks, make China, specifically the effort to mount the Berlin 1936 Bejing 2008 Olympics, feel it. More »
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February 20, 2008

More on Shinjo Ito in New York

Some more on the Shinjo Ito exhibition now in New York (the start of a world tour, apparently.) Several people I have spoken to have expressed surprise that the art is so recent. Here's the New York Times and artdaily.org. [Photo: The "Great Parnirvana" sculpture by Shinjo Ito, depicting Buddha on his deathbed, is prepared for a show of the artist's works, which opens Thursday in Chelsea. Michael Nagle for The New York Times] More »
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February 20, 2008

Invasive Species

Invasive species are a serious and growing problem. The Telegraph (UK) describes the situation around the world and in Britain, where they are now worried about the infamous snakehead fish, which has also been found in the U.S. This is the monster-movie nightmare fish that can survive out of water for extended periods of time, walk on its fins, and apparently, if big enough, kill people. An editorial in the New York Times describes the common practice of ships dumping their ballast water in-harbor rather than out at sea, whichis largely responsible for carrying invasive species across oceans. Global warming may also play a role. More »
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February 20, 2008

Oprah and Pema

lotusinthemud tells us Oprah and Pema got together. With audio. More »
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February 19, 2008

The Beef Industry, faked photos in Tibet, and Gambari Heads Back to Burma

You may have heard about or seen the sickening video from the Westland/Hallmark meatpacking plant in California. It's been all over the news. James at the Buddhist Blog has a great post on it. 143 million pounds of beef were recalled due to cruelty and slaughtering sick animals at this plant. Do a little bit of reading on the beef industry, just a tiny bit. It will make you sick and it will make you angry. U.N. More »
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February 18, 2008

Gambari in China, the Ajanta Caves

Ibrahim Gambari, the U.N. special envoy to Burma, is now taking the good fight to China. Maybe he'll bring up the Olympics. And the BBC has a special report from Burma as the six-month mark after the protests approaches. More love for Rambo: Burmese refugees in Connecticut saw the film and say "It's true."Interesting but pictureless description of the Ajanta Caves. Two 32-year-olds killed in more violence in southern Thailand. More »
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February 15, 2008

Burma News 2/15/08, Autonomy for Thailand's South? Sri Lanka's Civil War Expands

Danny Fisher follows up on Burma with a depressing report from avaaz.org. An unlikely pairing: Amnesty International and John Rambo. Quick: what's the capital of Burma? The zoo is being moved there. The Karen National Union, a rebel group on Burma's border with Thailand, saw their leader Mahn Sha assassinated recently. More »
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February 15, 2008

Sylvia Boorstein Stops By

Sylvia Boorstein, author of the new book Happiness is an Inside Job, dropped by the Tricycle office this afternoon to say hello. Your humble correspondent snapped this pic, and talked her into doing a Q & A on tricycle.com! Look for it next month. She showed us her cool new website, which has pictures of the author / meditation teacher/ psychotherapist as a young lady in Brooklyn. Her husband Seymour, whose picture is on the site, was with her. More »
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February 15, 2008

Shinjo Ito in New York

If you're going to be in New York City, check out The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito at the Milk Gallery starting February 21st. More about it here. More »
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February 14, 2008

Thich Nhat Hanh's Deer Park Monastery Goes Solar

Cool stuff. Read all about it on deerparkmonastery.org! The image below was sent to Tricycle by Brother Phap Thanh and shows the sangha by one of the new panels. More »
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February 14, 2008

The sixth Dalai Lama was a bit of a sweet-talker.

In honor of Valentine's Day, two poems by Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706): 92. When people say this about me, It is no mistake: I have more lovers than there are Bees buzzing above this lake. 1. From the peaks of the eastern mountains A bright white moon has risen, And a young girl’s face Shines round in my mind. - From White Crane: Love Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama, translated by Geoffrey R. Waters More »
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February 14, 2008

His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen

His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen has passed away. More »
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February 14, 2008

Two interesting bits...

A post on shogi (Japanese chess), which sounds very cool. And a funny Worst Horse piece riffing off one of Brad Warner's proposed book titles. More »
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February 14, 2008

Stallone Raises Awareness on Burma. Beijing's Panchen Lama joins the Party

The White House isn't satisfied with Burma's scheduled transition to democracy. This gesture by the junta is a result of the pro-democracy demonstrations of the fall, and they must be very annoyed that they caused enough of a ruckus by jailing and torturing monks they got the attention of the busy American octopus. And from one of Burma's troubled border regions: The leader of one of the largest Karen ethnic rebel groups in Burma was shot dead today at his Thailand border home. Mahn Sha, secretary general of the Karen National Union, was shot by two men at his house about five kilometres from the border with Burma, said Zin Linn, a member of the dissident National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, to which Mahn Sha also belonged. More »
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February 13, 2008

Mia Farrow v. Beijing, Self-rule for southern Thailand, Sri Lankan casualties

Mia Farrow's campaign against the Beijing Olympics is gaining ground (Spielberg wil not be the "Leni Riefenstahl" of the '08 Olympics) but the Chinese embassy in Washington complains that linking Beijing to Darfur is unfair, and others say Darfur is not Beijing's only sin. Rambo IV may not be garnering Oscar nods in the West, but Burmese activists thank Stallone for calling attention to the junta's crimes, and the DVD is said to be a hot seller on the ground in Burma. Why does the Burmese junta lie about its supposed reforms? More »
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February 12, 2008

Departure

Blogger / photographer An Xiao of That was Zen, This is Tao, the best name in all of blogdom, has a photo in the current issue of Tricycle. You can see it on her blog. More »