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    Where is the largest stone carved Buddha in the world? Paid Member

    I'd never think to ask myself the question, but the Examiner's Stephanie Sherrill has the answer: The world’s largest stone carved Buddha is located in Leshan, China. This Giant Buddha (also called Dafo) is a 233 feet (71 meters) tall statue of a sitting Maitreya Buddha. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was carved in AD 713 to calm the rivers that run along the feet of Buddha. This Buddha sports "1021 twisted hair buns—each one the size of a table—23ft (7m) long ears and an 18ft (5.6m) nose." And it costs only $10 to visit. More »
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    Mandalas, Jung and the Cosmos Paid Member

    It never gets dull at the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City. Home to a one of—if not the—most comprehensive collections of Himalayan art, the Rubin never disappoints. This August the museum, housed in what was once Barney's downtown fashion emporium, will begin a three-part "Cosmology series," leading with an exhibit on the history and meaning of the mandala. "The Mandala: The Perfect Circle," opens on August 14th and runs through January 11, 2010. According to Martin Brauer, the museum's chief curator, More »
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    The Green Lama Paid Member

    Lama Surya Das just sent us this article about a fascinating, Buddhist-inspired 1940s American comic strip called "The Green Lama." Crafted to compete with pulp-market characters like The Shadow, the titular protagonist of "The Green Lama" followed up 10 years of study in Tibet with a superheroic anti-crime campaign back in the United States—all part of a grand scheme to spread enlightenment. It just so happens that Tricycle has a Green Lama connection: our copy editor, Karen Ready, is the daughter of the strip's creator. In 2004, we ran a piece on the history of the comic. More »
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    Smashing Pumpkins Paid Member

    Tricycle's founding art director, creative consultant and contributing editor Frank Olinsky was interviewed for the Smashing Pumpkins website--and oh, he's successful album cover designer, too. Frank writes: I dug up some of Billy Corgan's faxed sketches and other things which have never been seen before. I was really moved when I read the following comment from Billy himself: "Looking back now over 10 years, what sticks out most in my mind about Frank is he is total class. I am really fortunate to have been able to work with someone so talented, kind-hearted, and really someone who puts everything he has into his work. He really is a true artist thru and thru." Nice interview, Frank! More »
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    Abstract & Concrete Paid Member

    Kongtrul Jigme Nyamgel, whose paintings have appeared in Tricycle, has a new show of "city-inspired paintings and photographs" opening in New York next week. Titled "Abstract & Concrete," the show gets my vote for best Buddhist pun of the month. Check out some of the artist's new work here, and see his website for more details. The show opens with a reception at 7 pm on June 18th at the New York Shambhala Center (118 W. 22nd St. #6). More »
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    Biggest Buddha outside of Asia? Paid Member

    Nestled in the beautiful Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, this Buddha statue dates back to circa 1790. A placard next to the statue claims that it is the largest outside of Asia, but it may be an old sign. Does anyone have any further information on this? (I took the above picture on a recent trip to the Bay Area.) More »