Buddhism

  • Meet Tokyo's Bartending Monk Paid Member

    Bartenders are easy to confide in. Not just because you're probably wasted, but because so many others have been before you. Your neighborhood barkeep has already heard it all, and though he might not be able to impart any sage advice, he's at least developed some good listening skills. While barkeeps seem to have always occupied this unique social position, it's therapists who often do these days. Before therapy, which developed from the Christian culture of confession and divulgence, it was the clergy who saddled this responsibility. Vowz Bar in Tokyo revitalizes that once important role of clergy, placing them right behind the bar, where Buddhist-themed cocktails are mixed for spiritually thirsty patrons. Run by monks in the bustling Shinjuku district, it's likely the only bar where boozy-and-stirred concoctions are offered with a prayer. More »
  • A Tibetan Buddhist monk pays his respects to the Boston Marathon victims Paid Member

    A Tibetan Buddhist monk meditates during a moment of silence near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.   Photo from Getty Images. More »
  • Treasury of Lives: Nyingma Founders Part 2, Dampa Deshek 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. Part 1: Padmasambhava More »
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    Earth Day 2013: The Best of Tricycle's Green Archives Paid Member

    Happy Earth Day! Throughout the years, Tricycle has celebrated the relationship between the teachings of Buddhism and eco-consciousness. In 2009, we decided to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk: we were proud to obtain Forest Stewarship Council certification for our paper stock, which means that it comes from "responsibly managed forests." The entire chain of production for the paper we use, from the forests to the pulp providers, mills, merchants, and finally, our printer up in Vermont, have all received FSC certification.  For Earth Day 2013, we're revisiting the best of our "green" archives. Read, be inspired, and hug a tree (or save that for Arbor Day, on Friday).   More »
  • Buddha Buzz: A Rough Week for Monks Paid Member

    It's been a rough week for Buddhist monks. I'm afraid that, if you're still holding on to any bit of romanticism regarding Buddhist monks, young or old, this week's news will crush it. It's been a devastating week news-wise, and it looks like the Buddhist world is no exception. More »
  • Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Prayer Flags, Part 2 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.   Prayer Flags, Part 2 More »