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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 »
  • Buddha Buzz: Anxious Buddhists and Hard Partyin' Monks Mystery Solved Paid Member

    Today is an anxious day. Yes, I know it's 4/20, and enthusiastic potheads everywhere will be bong-hitting, joint-lighting, and baked-goods-eating their way to a non-anxious existence. But it's also Hitler's birthday, the anniversary of Columbine, and supposedly, the day that Kony 2012 supporters will take to the streets (remember the Kony video?). More »
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    Zen Monster #3 Paid Member

    Zen Monster is a new-ish magazine (it first appeared in 2008 but only recently released its third issue) with the following manifesto: “We commit ourselves to art, poetry, fiction, and subversive political commentary by buddhist, non-buddhist and trans-buddhist writers, artists, and essayists. Zen Monster is committed to mature achievements, beginnings, half-steps, younger artists, older artists, and any ‘fumblings by the way.’” Then, tacked on at the end, a quasi-mission statement: “No inherent limits.” Zen Monster #3 is just as funky, passionate, and raw as the first two issues. More »
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    Open Heart, Open Mind: Tsoknyi Rinpoche & Sharon Salzberg at Tibet House April 4 Paid Member

    Wednesday, April 4, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Sharon Salzberg will be giving a free talk at Tibet House in New York City. The talk will focus on Rinpoche's teachings from his upcoming book Open Heart, Open Mind.Click here to RSVP and for more information.Here is a short excerpt from Open Heart, Open Mind: More »
  • Tricycle Talks: Jason Siff on Unlearning Meditation Paid Member

    Why does meditation have to be so hard? According to Jason Siff, there is an inherent tension in meditation practice between your mind as it is and the meditation instructions you use. In his book Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get in the Way (the December Tricycle Book Club selection), Siff encourages us to take a bird’s-eye view of our meditation instructions so that we can see the concepts and beliefs that are embedded within them. When we get behind the instructions and understand how the concepts within them function, we find that we often sort our meditation experiences into acceptable and unacceptable, right and wrong. More »