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    The Dalai Lama on Twitter (for real this time) Paid Member

    We all remember the bogus Dalai Lama Twitter account and the tweetheartbreak that followed. Now His Holiness has a verified account (just like Ashton Kutcher.) What is it? @dalailama, natch. If you're part of the Twitterati or whatever it's called this minute (like Tricycle is) give him a follow. As of this posting, HH is at the propitious number of 108,000 followers. UPDATE: The Dalai Lama is not (yet?) personally posting, as the Huffington Post reports. More »
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    A-List Buddhists on The Daily Beast Paid Member

    The Tiger Woods drama and Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama has led to much mainstream exposure of celebrity Buddhists, and renewed interest in the Dalai Lama himself: - Why Americans Love the Dalai Lama on CNN - A-List Buddhists on The Daily Beast More »
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    Dalai Lama Weighs in on Tiger Woods Paid Member

    Fresh from his meeting with President Obama (which was "unofficial," meaning that the Dalai Lama was considered to be a spiritual leader, not a head of state,) the Dalai Lama spoke up on what everyoe REALLY wants to know: What does the Dalai Lama think of Tiger Woods and his mea culpa Friday, which highlighted his Buddhist beliefs? The Dalai Lama said he did not know who Woods was, but said self-discipline is among Buddhism's highest values. When it comes to adultery, he said, "all religions have the same idea." "I think mainly whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important," he said. "Self-discipline with awareness of consequences." More »
  • More Good Work Paid Member

    In the most recent issue of Tricycle we included a brief piece about various organizations that are doing “Good Work” around the world.  In that spirit, I am very happy to share the news that Sensei Fleet Maull and Sensei Genro Guantt of the Zen Peacemaker order will be leading a Bearing Witness retreat to Rwanda this April. From the Peacemaker Institute website: In the tradition of the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat co-founded by Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1996 and hosted annually in the years since by the Zen Peacemakers and the Peacemaker Institute, we will conduct a five-day retreat, bearing witness to the horror and tragic impact of the 1994 Rwandan Gen More »
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    Pema Chödrön on Building a Stable Foundation Paid Member

    When we build a house, we start by creating a stable foundation. Just so, when we wish to benefit others, we start by developing warmth or friendship for ourselves. It’s common, however, for people to have a distorted view of this friendliness and warmth. We’ll say, for instance, that we need to take care of ourselves, but how many of us really know how to do this? When clinging to security and comfort, and warding off pain, become the focus of our lives, we don’t end up feeling cared for and we certainly don’t feel motivated to extend ourselves to others. We end up feeling more threatened or irritable, more unable to relax. - Pema Chödrön from "Unlimited Friendliness" (Winter 2009) More »
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    (Almost) Daily Words of Wisdom from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Paid Member

    One of my favorite newsletters is Carolyn Gimian's "Ocean of Dharma." You can sign up for it here and join nearly 10,000 others who receive jewels of wisdom from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche two or three times a week. Here's today's, one I particularly liked: Keep the Moth Out of the Flame When you are trying to help someone, you have to have humor, self-existing humor, and you have to hold the moth in your hand, but not let it go into the flame. That's what helping others means. Ladies and gentlemen, we have so much responsibility. A long time ago, people helped one another in this way. Now people just talk, talk talk. They read books, they listen to music, but they never actually help anyone. They never use their bare hands to save a person from going crazy. We have that responsibility. Somebody has to do it. It turns out to be us. More »