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    Video Interview with Jonathan Watts of the International Buddhist Exchange Center Paid Member

    Even before the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown last year, Japan was a nation in crisis, writes Jonathan S. Watts in This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti- Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11 Japan, a Tricycle Fall 2012 "Books in Brief" book of choice. Watts has been a research fellow at the International Buddhist Exchange Center (IBEC) in Yokohama since 2006. He teaches contemporary Japanese Buddhism and social issues at Keio University. More »
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    The Angry Buddhist Paid Member

    Seth Greenland is the author of The Angry Buddhist, a recently published novel set in the Californian desert that explores corruption, deception, murder, politics, and...Buddhism. Jimmy Duke, one of the book's (many) main characters, is an ex-cop whose struggle with anger issues leads him to study Buddhism with an Internet teacher called "DharmaGirl." The dramedy met with such success in France and the United States (read the New York Times' review here) that it was picked up by Showtime to turn into a TV series, which is currently in development. More »
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    The Mindful Manifesto Paid Member

    Mindfulness isn't just for Buddhists anymore; you can find it in hospitals, schools, prisons, and in some of today’s largest corporations. It is being used to help people quell their cravings, find emotional balance, eat healthier, and even to fall asleep at night. All of these things are well and good, of course, but there's a question worth considering: Is anything lost when we remove mindfulness meditation from a Buddhist context? More »
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    What does it mean to have a spiritual practice in the contemporary world? Paid Member

    Robert Bellah, who is widely considered to be North America's foremost sociologist of religion, has been featured previously in Tricycle. In the current issue of the magazine, contributing editor Linda Heuman reviews his long-anticipated magnum opus, Religion in Human Evolution. The book has generated high praise and enthusiastic endorsements from reviewers and scholars, including such intellectual heavyweights as Charles Taylor and Jurgen Habermas, and in scope and importance is being compared to the work of the greatest thinkers in the field, most notably that of Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. To give just one example, Hans Joas of the University of Chicago writes: More »
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    Snow Lion Acquired By Shambhala Publications Paid Member

      As of yesterday, Snow Lion is now part of Shambhala Publications. Over the years, Snow Lion has been at the forefront of Tibetan Buddhist publishing, giving a home to books by modern authors in the Tibetan lineage along with translations and commentaries of ancient texts. Though their operations in Ithaca will be shut down, Snow Lion's editors are staying through the transition and its books have been incorporated into the Shambhala Publications website. Snow Lion president Jeff Cox and co-founder Sidney Piburn have left an announcement on the old Snow Lion site: Dear Friends, More »
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    Tricycle Film Club for May: The Marathon Monks of Mt Hiei Paid Member

     Marathon Monks of Mt Hiei is a compelling documentary that captures the final leg of Tendai Buddhist monk Tanno Kakudo's 1000 day kaihogyo. The documentary is based on a book written by John Stevens also titled Marathon Monks of Mt Hiei. Here is some information from John Stevens' book that will help bring the documentary into perspective: More »