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  • Haiku Corner Paid Member

    The Tricycle Community Poetry Club is pleased to present our new Haiku Corner, led by Gary Gach, haiku teacher and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism. You can read and comment on others efforts, offer your own haiku, or get guidance from Gary and the others there. You need to be a member of the Tricycle Community to visit, but it's easy to sign up, and best of all it's free. More »
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    Without Compassion, What Hope? Paid Member

    Q: Is there any cause for optimism? A: Well, personally, yeah. Everybody's got a life to lead and they've got a bodhisattva tendency, everybody wants to do good, so I just think on a personal level, yeah. On a larger scale, there doesn't seem to be any hope unless compassion becomes a more widespread important teaching on how to live. Compassion to self and others. –Allen Ginsberg, from "Spontaneous Intelligence: An Interview with Allen Ginsberg," Tricycle, Fall 1995 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
  • More tools to navigate your way through the rich world of Tibetan art Paid Member

    Yesterday I linked to a page that shows you how to identify and understand the deities of the Tibetan pantheon. More »
  • How to Identify A Tibetan Deity Paid Member

    Jeff Watt at Himalayan Art Resources knows everything about Tibetan Buddhist iconography. I sometimes call him and ask questions like, "Who is that odd-looking deity?" Or, with urgent requests like, "We need an image, and we need it now." I sometimes try his patience, too, so I have to make sure I sort of know what I'm talking about before I call him, and still, it's hard to sound halfway intelligent: the complex landscape of Tibetan iconography is no easy thing to navigate. But those days may be over. More »
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    China & Tibet in happier times Paid Member

    China and Tibet have a very long history together (take a look here) but it hasn't always been so inharmonious. For instance, the artistic synergy between the two peoples has been impressive, and a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art proves it: As each tradition interacted with the other, Chinese painters took from their Tibetan counterparts a fearlessness in use of color and composition, pushing at the boundaries of their more reserved styles," Scheier-Dolberg said. More »
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    Buddhawatch: A thousand Buddhas appear Paid Member

    Wow! Hundreds of Buddha carvings appeared on three cliffs bordering a reservoir in Mei Shan City, Sichuan province. Apparently, they're well enough preserved to discern their different expressions. The reservoir that submerged the Buddhas was apparently built against the wishes of "cultural sectors," according to the People's Daily, which also asserts that water served as a better preservative than air. Buddhatwatch: Post your own favorite Buddhas as comments below and we'll pick a few and put them up. More »