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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 »
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December 06, 2012

Walking Meditation

("How to Get the Shpilkes Out") Elizabeth Bastos
Walking is a perfect form of meditation for those of us who are not sitters. I beat myself up about not being a sitter with thoughts like: I should sit. I should sit. I should sit. The Dalai Lama sits. Stillness would be a good quality to cultivate in the world…are thoughts I think until the baggage of my thoughts about sitting gets so big I cannot fit it in the overhead compartment. I must pay extra to have it checked to my final destination, if you know what I mean. More »
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December 06, 2012

A Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide: Compassionate Gift Giving Ideas

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 06, 2012

Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: The Thirty-five Confession Buddhas

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 takes a look at varying depictions of the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas in the Mahayana tradition. Himalayan Art 101: Confession Buddha Paintings More »
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December 05, 2012

Tricycle Pilgrimage: Young Monks in Bumthang

These young Bhutanese monks, at Thamshing Monastery in Jakar, Bumthang, spent the morning memorizing texts by reciting them aloud. Neither the cold nor a nearby pack of barking dogs seemed to distract them. More »
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December 05, 2012

Tricycle Pilgrimage: Self-arising talisman

Phalluses are a common sight in Bhutan. They're thought to ward off evil spirits. They are often nailed to trees or posts, or painted onto the outside walls of houses and shops. At Chimey Lhakang, or the Temple of the Divine Madman, in Bumthang, visitors are tapped on the head with a phallus, which is thought to bring fertility to those hoping to have children. Our guide referred to the sacred object as "the mighty flaming phallus of discerning wisdom of the Divine Madman." The Divine Madman, or Drukpa Kungley, remains a revered historical figure in Bhutan and is remembered as a great master of Vajrayana. After the visit, one witty Tricycle pilgrim let the rest of us know that she had morning-after pills on hand should anyone feel the need. More »
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December 05, 2012

World Buddhist Leaders Response to the Growing Ethnic Violence Against Muslims in Myanmar

In response to the recent ethnic violence against Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state, which has often been supported and perpetuated by the area's Buddhists, international Buddhist leaders have produced this statement, due to be published in Burmese newspapers this week: WORLD BUDDHIST LEADERS RESPONSE TO THE GROWING ETHNIC VIOLENCE AGAINST MUSLIMS IN MYANMAR More »
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December 04, 2012

Treasury of Lives: Kagyu Founders Part 2, Gampopa and Barompa

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 »