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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 »
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    Zen Litter Box Paid Member

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    Please Vote for Me Paid Member

    I saw a very sweet and moving documentary last night called Please Vote for Me. It takes place in Wuhan in central China where a third grade class is being allowed to vote for their hall monitor for the first time -- Previously the teachers chose them. There are three candidates, the incumbent Luo Lei (appointed by the teacher for the past two years), the confident and well-coached Cheng Cheng (at left below), and the dark horse Xaiofei (in the center below). Luo Lei's parents are both police officers. Cheng Cheng is raised by his mother and stepfather, while Xiaofei's single mother, an employee of the school, struggles to offer her daughter the coaching and encouragement the boys are receiving. All are of course only children. It's very moving to see these kids, all around 8 years old, deal with the brutal realities of what is essentially a popularity contest. More »
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    Beautiful Buddha Statues from China plus other stuff Paid Member

    Some beautiful photos of Chinese Buddhas from a Herald-Trib piece on an exhibition in Singapore. The one at right is said to be from the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-77 CE). "Serenity in Stone: The Qingzhou Discovery," an exhibition of 35 sculptures now at the Peranakan Museum in Singapore, highlights the rapid stylistic change in representing the Buddha that took place over a 50-year period when the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534) disintegrated and gave rise to the Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550) and Northern Qi dynasty (550-577). More »
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    Gary Snyder at the New York Public Libary on January 31st Paid Member

    GARY SNYDER The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Reads and Talks About Origins and Influences And the Poets of His Generation Saturday, January 31 3:00-5:00 p.m. Introduction by Literary Essayist Eliot Weinberger, Author of "An Elemental Thing" THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY South Court Auditorium Entrance on First Floor (Fifth Ave. Side) Take South Court Elevator to "A" (Auditorium) More »