Buddhism

  • Oxherding in the Korea Times Paid Member

    Things have been tense on the Korean Peninsula lately, with crowds in Seoul today calling for revenge against the north for the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean naval vessel. But readers of the Korean Times awoke this morning to the 10 Oxherding Pictures, the classic Zen (in Korean, Soen) series that depicts the practitioner's progress toward enlightenment—a nice antidote to the recent hostilities, or a least a welcome if momentary reprieve. More »
  • Watch: Sand mandala in the making Paid Member

    Tricycle friend Stuart Freeman provides this  video, which he shot Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at St. John The Divine, in New York City. During the Dalai Lama's visit, ten Drepung Loseling monks created this extraordinary sand mandala in the Chapel of St. Boniface. The monks use hollow pipes, or chak-purs, to create the mandala. Grains of sand are "vibrated" through the chak-purs into the design. When a mandala is  completed, it is ritually destroyed in recognition of impermanence. Chanting by: Mandala Offering -The Gyuto Monks Tantric ChoirTibetan Chants for World Peace. Image (c) 2010 stuartvision More »
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    Big Time Buddhism Paid Member

    The world's largest Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Dhammakaya, looks like a spaceship—but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The otherworldly look is meant to inspire awe. Megachurches across the U.S. give the same message, and the cathedral at Chartres is no shrinking violet. More »
  • Happy Birthday, Buddha Paid Member

    . . . and happy enlightenment, and happy passing away. Today many Buddhist countries around the world celebrate Vesak (sometimes called Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti), a holiday that commemorates all three of these major events of the Buddha’s life. It takes place annually at the end of May, when the moon is full. More »
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    Bedbugs: To spray or not to spray? Paid Member

    Jeff Watt asks, "What's Tricycle's view on killing bugs in light of New York City's bedbug infestation? It's a question you should ask your readers." More »
  • What will it take to establish a truly Western Dharma? Paid Member

    In Tricycle’s most recent issue there is a piece titled “It Takes a Saint.” In this piece, Tai Situpa Rinpoche shares his beliefs on what it will take for Buddhism to become truly established in the West.  He writes, "I’ll make it simple: One Western person must attain full enlightenment in the same way as Marpa, Milarepa, or Padmasambhava. If one Westerner—man or woman, doesn’t matter—attains that level of realization, then pure dharma will be established in Western culture, Western language, and environment, and so forth. Until that time, dharma can be taught in the West, which is already happening; it can be practiced in the West, which is already happening; and it can be recited in Western languages. But it’s not yet one hundred percent complete." Read the whole piece here. More »