Buddhism

  • The Dalai Lama and the BP Oil Spill

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    Planet Green published an article yesterday entitled, “How Heeding the Dalai Lama’s Advice Could Have Prevented the BP Oil Spill.” Using a statement about interconnectedness on the Dalai Lama’s Facebook page as a launch pad, Matt McDermott considers what a broader sense of self might do to our environmental impact. More »
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    Watch: The creation of a sand mandala Paid Member

    Today CNN's Belief Blog posted a video of the creation of a sand mandala that took six days to complete. Luckily, the time-lapse video doesn't take six days to watch. Check out the two-minute video, taken during Emory University's "Tibet Week" celebration, here. Image © CNN More »
  • Joan Halifax: On Grief and Buddhism Paid Member

    This dewdrop world Is but a dewdrop world. And yet, and yet— —Issa, Eighteenth-century Japanese poet Roshi Joan Halifax gave a beautiful talk on grieving last week, which is available as a podcast at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center’s website. One of the sources she uses for articulating the experience of grief is the stunning poem above, which she says “opens the hand of grief.” Joan is intimate with grief. It’s plain that she’s made an effort to come to know grief personally through experience, and she encourages others to open up to that experience as well. More »
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    A stroll around the blogs Paid Member

    Barbara's Buddhism Blog features the not-going-anywhere (in both senses of the term) debate over whether parts of Buddhism can be unmoored from the actual religion and used for stress relief and so on. Barbara writes that yes, we can use parts of the Buddha's teachings for stress relief, etc., but let's remember that's not what the Buddha taught. In the comments she writes, "Seriously, if I had to come up with a nonsectarian definition of Buddhism, I’d say practice of the Eightfold Path to fully appreciate the teachings of the Four Noble Truths and thus to realize enlightenment." More »
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    Share your thoughts on the Fifth Precept Paid Member

    For the forthcoming issue of Tricycle we're putting together a special section on the fifth precept--refraining from taking intoxicants--and we would love to hear your thoughts. Perspectives on the fifth precept vary a great deal--from those who refrain from any and all drugs and alcohol, to those who interpret the term "intoxicants" more loosely and use psychedelics as part of their Buddhist practice. Where do you fall on this spectrum? Send your comments, questions, stories, and opinions to editorial@tricycle.com or reply directly to this post. Who knows, your answer might end up in next issue's special section! More »
  • Brazilian military police go Zen Paid Member

    If you've seen Pixote (or read newspapers), you probably don't hold Carioca policemen in high regard. But try Espirito Santo, a state in Brazil's southeast, where military police "are developing interpersonal relationship skills, emotional balance and discipline in a Zen Buddhist monastery." You can read more here. If you read Portuguese, you can see it in Globo. And if you don't, you can still watch the video there. More »