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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 »
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    Big Buddha Week Paid Member

    Barbara O'Brien has a post on Big Buddha statues, and this week on her blog is Big Buddha Week! [Image: Japan's Nihonji Daibutsu (Great Buddha), carved into the side of Mount Nokogiri, is 101 feet (31 meters) tall. stoicviking,, Creative Commons License] More »
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    Kagyu Monlam Chenmo; Sri Lankan editor killed Paid Member

    Barbara O'Brien has a post on the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo underway in Bodh Gaya, the patch of earth in India where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. The 17th Karmapa presides. (Recall that there is something of a Karmapa controversy.) The festival runs from January 4th to 11th: More »
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    Rubin Museum of Art's Bhutan Exhibit Paid Member

    A friend and I visited the Rubin Museum of Art here in New York yesterday and finally saw the exhibition The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan. We were shown around by the lovely and thoughtful Louise Brooks (not the silent film star of yore) who pointed me to the blog of a visiting Bhutanese monk, Lopen Sonam. (Two monks are "in residence" at the RMA and perform twice-daily ceremonies in part of the museum. There is also a sand mandala being constructed -- I missed both these things.) It's a great blog  full of unexpected observations. More »
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    Thailand Yanks the Economist; A Pattern Language Paid Member

    The Economist is yanked from Thai newsstands for running a story critical of the monarchy. Can we build a beautiful world? Christopher Alexander, author of the groundreaking A Pattern Language, thinks so. More »
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    Dalai Lama Manga Paid Member

    Thanks to the incredibly talented and prolific Frank Olinsky for sending over this cool link -- the Dalai Lama, plus Aung San Suu Kyi and other luminaries, in manga! More »