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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 »
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    Buddha of the Month Paid Member

    This thanks to Ellen over at One City (now featured on beliefnet.com). Ellen's latest pick for Buddha of the Month: a video installation by postmodern art world phenom Nam June Paik. The details: Enlightenment Compressed, 1994, currently at the Paik retrospective at the James Cohan gallery (a regular Tricycle art source) until May 30, 2009. More »
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    Taming the bull, Tibetan-style Paid Member

    In his commentary on the Oxherding Pictures—the Zen depiction of the progression to enlightenment—Tibetan master Chogyam Trungpa wrote: In the Tibetan tradition there is an analogy of elephant herding but it refers largely only to the practice of shamatha. The symbolism does not go beyond the riding of the elephant. In the oxherding pictures the evolutionary process of taming the bull is very close to the Vajrayana view of the transmutation of energy. Great stuff, take a look at at the series at shambhala.org. And for more teachings on the Oxherding Pictures, look at Barry Briggs's blog Ox Herding. Briggs practices and teaches in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn. More »
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    The Many Faces of Buddhism Paid Member

    The Victoria and Albert Museum in London kicked off the biggest Buddhist festival in the city's history on April 25th. The Many Faces of Buddhism, as it is called, is sponsored by the Robert H.N. Ho Foundation and will run until May 17, featuring films, dances, and artist talks. Read about the happenings at the Ho Foundation's website or in a recent Financial Times article. More »
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    One Cold Buddha Paid Member

    The 10-member collective called Okamoto Studio has carved one of its signature ice sculptures for the biennial [Queens Museum of Art] International, this one a figure of the Buddha enclosed in a refrigerated altar. See it and read about it here. More »
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    Tibetan Portrait Exhibit Paid Member

    This Sunday, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island, New York will open a new exhibit called Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion. When we first got our hands on some of the photographs at the Tricycle offices, they seemed a perfect fit for our upcoming Summer 2009 issue, which will feature an article by Stephen Batchelor on the Tibetan Diaspora (2009 is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet). Although it looks like we'll be including different art for the article (and some AP archival photography!), this exhibit is not to be missed. More »