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October 11, 2006

The Mind's Attachment to The Body

Philip Ryan
After meeting with the Dalai Lama, Supermodel Elle Macpherson is dropping her lawsuit against fellow model Heidi Klum, according to the UK's Life Style Extra. It seems Elle was miffed that Heidi released a bra called "The Body." A spokesperson for Elle said, "We have numerous press clipping in the office referring to her as 'The Body'. In terms of public record, that name belongs to Elle." But Heidi has her own claim to the nickname. She's the face of a Victoria's Secret campaign called "Body by Victoria." About her bra Heidi said: "They call me 'The Body' and now I have one named after me." Elle was ready to call in the lawyers until her meeting with the Dalai Lama. As Elle put it: "A few people have made me stop in my tracks and the Dalai Lama would be one of them." And the nickname itself? "It's no big deal for me. She can have it." Way to let go, Elle. More »
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October 11, 2006

Welcome!

Philip Ryan
Welcome to the Tricycle Blog! I know, we already have blogs on tricycle.com, but this one will be a little different. Instead of Buddhist teachers and scholars writing about topics they've thought about deeply, the Tricycle Blog will contain the passing thoughts and inspirations of the thoroughly unenlightened Tricycle editors. It’s not the official voice of the magazine, and the opinions here represent nobody but the writer, but we hope you enjoy it! Philip Ryan, Webmaster More »
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October 07, 2006

What makes a Buddhist?

Over the last decade, there has been a fascinating discussion about Buddhism for the West—whether the Buddha's teachings should be adapted or imported with all the cultural trappings, whether we should all dressed up as Tibetans, Burmese monks and Zen masters, or whether it is our duty to create a new brand such as "American Buddhism." Since I'm supposed to be a spokesperson here for the Tibetan tradition, it brings up an interesting point: was there really a "Tibetan Buddhism"? I wonder. That branding sounds a bit like it was made by early explorers and travelers who simply described what they saw—from the outside. You probably heard names like Lamaism, the Yellow and Red Hat Sect. More »
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August 25, 2006

Effortless (almost) farming

FUKUOKA - A Japanese agro-philosopher developed a farming practice called "Natural Farming", in response to modern organic agricultural methods that degrade soil. He encourages "no till" methods of grain cultivation, and the idea of letting nature do the farming work for you. He wrote an important book called One Straw Revolution, and introduced the idea of "seed balls", self propagating balls of clay containing hundreds of seeds, to the world: The Natural Way of Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka. Check out: www.seedballs.com I would be very interested in hearing some practical experience with this method. More »
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August 16, 2006

Cultivation of Flowers and Vegetables the Mahayana Way

It was just the other night that I heard about some ethical way of growing things in your garden without "having to" leave casualties in one's wake. Have any of your heard something called "Mahayana Cultivation" by Fukuoka? More »
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August 02, 2006

A "Buddhist Thing"

By Erik Pema Kunsang
Recently, the folks at Tricycle asked me to begin writing a blog on this website since there was no other Westerner directly representing the Tibetan branch of Buddhism. Now I wonder what I got myself into. I thought about this opportunity and feel that a blog opens up many possibilities for exchange. Here is an opener. All levels of the Buddha’s teachings emphasize respect for the living – not just human life but animals and even insects. But refraining from needlessly snuffing harmless creatures out of existence is not necessarily a “Buddhist thing." Isn't it also the First Commandment? My non-Buddhist mother taught my siblings and me be kind to animals. Early childhood memories include a story, told with abject horror, of a local farmer who put newborn kittens into a sack an smacked them against the wall. More »
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April 18, 2006

Welcome!

Welcome to the all new Tricycle blog. Our editorial staff will be posting all manner of interesting material here, from links to websites and stories that catch our eye to commentary on hot topics in the public eye, with free links to pieces in the Tricycle archives. Check back often, and let us know what you think! Rediscovering Judas Nothing has dominated public discourse like religion has in recent years, and in political life, we hear most often from the fundamentalist extremes. But a growing number of voices—from Tikkun magazine’s Michael Lerner to scholars Karen Armstrong, and Elaine Pagels—navigate the moderate middle, finding in the world’s greatest traditions an evolving ethos of tolerance and compassion. Tricycle has given airing to each of them, and in recent weeks, these thinkers have found themselves in the spotlight once again. More »