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  • Treasury of Lives: Kagyu Founders Part 9, Yabzang and Yelpa Paid Member

    Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition. More »
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    After Snow Paid Member

      After Snow I’m the first car after the sander. In my headlights, the cinnamon swirls of fresh sand are intact. What dial did I turn to get here, the road a bolt of cloth unfurling before me, and on all sides the windless, snow-softened pines? A rift opened in the world, and guess what was on the other side? The world. That’s tonight’s poem: nothing but a small sudden understanding. Nothing permanent.   Chase Twichell's most recent book is Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010). She is a student at Zen Mountain Monastery.   Image: cnycompguy/Flickr   More »
  • Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Possession of Art as Tantric Commitment Paid Member

    Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Possession of Art as Tantric Commitment More »
  • Treasury of Lives: The Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje Paid Member

    Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition. Treasury of Lives: The Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje More »
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    Invisible Fence Paid Member

      Invisible Fence Every moment’s a splitting twig,a wind that blows the smoke west then blows it east.Asleep? Awake?A thousand silver minnows of distraction!And sleep, my Lethe and opium.Once in a while I catch myself awake.That breaks the spell.A few last splinters of fire still smoke in the sky, the me,the open space, the nowhere.     Chase Twichell's most recent book is Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010). She is a student at Zen Mountain Monastery. Image: Charles Ramburg, HEDGEROW IV. Charcoal on paper, 8" x 8".   More »
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    15th Anniversary of Himalayan Art Resources Paid Member

    Happy 15th, Himalayan Art Resources! Created by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in 1997, the HAR website has come a long way in its mission to create a comprehensive education and research database and virtual museum of Himalayan art. It remains the only digital collection of its kind. The Himalayan Art Resources website was established in 1997. The 15th Anniversary has actually passed as of several months ago without fanfare. At that time the HAR staff were extremely busy with new collections and cataloguing and did not have the opportunity to make announcements or celebrate. More »