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    Joseph Goldstein at InsightLA, January 4th Paid Member

    This afternoon I spoke with Vipassana teacher Joseph Goldstein today about his upcoming event at InsightLA, the difficulties of this "most wonderful time of the year" (December Dukkha) and more. We'll have the audio up on the site soon. In the meantime, if you're in southern California in the new Year, be sure to check out his InsightLA event. A few years back, several teachers volunteered their time and wisdom to answer questions from Tricycle readers. Joseph Goldstein was among them. In one of his answers he expressed this thought:More »
  • Why the Buddha Smiled Paid Member

    A Tricycle community member forwarded me a link to Why the Buddha Smiled by Marianne Marquez this morning, which I was very happy to learn is now available for free on the web here.  It is a complilation of quotes from and about the Buddha, each paired with a photograph or work of art.  Here are some examples: More »
  • In Care of Earthly Hands Paid Member

    During the month of December, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Lin Jensen's Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Deep Down Things: More »
  • Sento-kun: Half-Deer, Half-Buddha Boy Paid Member

    A couple of years ago, Sento-kun, a half-deer, half-Buddha boy mascot, was chosen to represent the 1,300th anniversary of Japan's ancient capital being relocated to Nara. At first, the baby-faced boy with antlers (the deer is considered a sacred animal in Nara) was not well-received. Many found it ugly and disrespectful toward Buddha. Now, however, Sento-kun—designed by Satoshi Yabuuchi, a sculptor and professor at Tokyo University of the Arts—is being praised by Nara authorities for the amount of attention that he has brought to the city. More »
  • The Buddha in Fiction: How Should A Person Be? By Sheila Heti Paid Member

    How is the Buddha depicted in fiction? In 10,000 different ways. We'll share some of these different ways with you on the Tricycle Blog as we come across them, as I did this morning on my commute to work reading the Fall 2010 issue of n+1.From How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti, when the narrator is looking at at a recent painting done by her friend Margaux: More »
  • Discuss the Lotus Sutra Paid Member

    In the third part of the discussion series, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," Princeton's Jacqueline Stone discusses the Lotus Sutra: Q: What is the Lotus Sutra about? In it we read how to hear the sutra, how to preach the sutra, who was gathered to hear it preached, what happened before it was preached, why it is so important, how it was preached in the past, what will happen in the future to those who hear it, and so on. It is like an extravagant preamble to an event that never seems to arrive. A: Some scholars of the Lotus Sutra have noted just that point, and I think it is a fair reading. If we just read the sutra, and set aside later interpretations, one thing we see going on is that the sutra is establishing its own authority. For example, at the beginning the Buddha emerges from meditation and begins to preach spontaneously, and not, as is usually the case, in response to a question. More »