The Tantric Buddhism of the Himalayas; its best-known teacher is the Dalai Lama
  • Turning Intention into Motivation Paid Member

    Framing our days between intention setting and joyful dedication, even once a week, can change how we live. It's a purposeful approach of self-awareness, conscious intention, and focused effort—three precious gifts of contemplative practice—by which we take responsibility for our thoughts and actions and take charge of our selves and our lives. As the Buddha put it, "You are your own enemy / and you are your own savior. " More »
  • Nepal Disaster Relief Paid Member

    Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has caused widespread death and damage in the country that houses some of the world’s most precious Buddhist sites. News sites are reporting that the death toll has now risen above 3,000 and is expected to continue rising sharply.  Tricycle has heard directly from people living in Kathmandu that they are spending a third night outdoors in makeshift tents while powerful aftershocks continue to roil the country. There are reports of shortages of tents, food, water, and medical supplies.  More »
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    Looking Back, Looking Forward Paid Member

    The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China: A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of ReincarnationBy Peter SchwiegerColumbia University Press, 2015352 pp.; $50.00 (Cloth) A Historical Atlas of TibetBy Karl E. RyavecThe University of Chicago Press, 2015216 pp.; $45.00 (Cloth) Consider the following scene: More »
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    Obsession and Madness on the Path to Enlightenment Paid Member

    Retreat Yurts at Diamond Mountain Arizona.  How much should someone strive to know their own soul? More »
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    Awake with Others Paid Member

    Early Buddhist texts, as translated, have a tendency to place a surprisingly negative spin on the notion of existing in the “world.” Worldly life is often depicted as a dirty realm inhabited by those still caught up in their samsaric commute, those blinded by activities of commerce and romance, those who have yet to get serious about the spiritual journey. Before we start thinking that Buddhism is some world-denouncing pursuit, we have to understand the cultural context of such ancient statements. More »
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    Happy Birthday! Paid Member

    from Martin Scorsese Eighty years. A long time . . . the blink of an eye. When I had the precious honor of telling your story in moving images, you opened my eyes. I will always be thankful to you. What can I wish you on this occasion? What I wish for the world: courage, energy, focus, clarity, patience, compassion. My very best wishes on the occasion of your 80th birthday. Martin Scorsese is an award-winning American film director and producer. _____ from Daniel Goleman More »