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  • Shaolin Temple will promote Buddhism more aggressively this year Paid Member

    I've blogged about the high-flying Shaolin monks at least once before, but what can I say? I love the photographs of these kung-fu Buddhists. And they're always up to something fun like performing at the Sydney Opera House. The Shaolin Temple has decided to tap into the appeal these monks carry in order to promote Chinese Buddhism around the world. According to provincial spokesman Li Hongwei, they would like to raise the number of Shaolin temples, Taiji schools and Confucius schools overseas in order to enhance the international influence of Chinese culture.From China's Global Times: More »
  • A Giant Thangka in China Paid Member

    Tibetan Buddhists and tourists view a giant thangka displayed on a hill near the Langmu Temple in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province, China February 15, 2011, in celebration of the Monlam (The Great Prayer Festival).Love the contrast between the earth tones and the thangka's luster.  From the Reuters Editor's Choice Slideshow. More »
  • The Dharma Gate of Ease and Joy Paid Member

    How many of us can describe out meditation sessions as "joyful"? That is the challenge Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara lays out for us in Week 1 of her Tricycle Retreat, "Ease and Joy in Your Meditation and Life." Joy, Roshi says, has "a leaping quality." But before we reach these heights, we must find a place of peace and ease in our meditation. That is what this retreat is about. Below is a two-minute preview of the Week 1 teaching, which is called "The Dharma gate of Ease and Joy." To watch the entire Week 1 teaching, you must be a Tricycle Community member. To watch all four videos of the retreat, you must join the Tricycle Community at the Supporting or Sustaining level.   More »
  • Buddhist Monk wins gold medal for horseback riding in Asian Games Paid Member

    Last weekend a Japanese Buddhist monk named Kenki Sato won the "eventing individual" gold medal at the Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China. After winning Sato discussed how his Buddhist practice "gels" with his love for horseback riding and his dream to eventually compete in the Olympic Games. From The Chakra report: According to Sato, horse riding “gels well with Buddhism” and thus he has been horse riding since the age of 7. He said that Buddhism is so important to him that he tends to naturally get attracted to activities that other Buddhist monks also take part in, which includes horse riding. He takes both horse riding and being a monk very seriously. More »
  • The Dalai Lama wants to step down from his political role but keep his religious one Paid Member

    The Tibetan parliament-in-exile next meets in March in Dharamsala, and the Dalai Lama is expected to announce his desire to resign from his political duties as head of the Tibetan government while retaining his religious ones at that time. (In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is not the highest-ranking lama in Tibetan Buddhism, nor is he even the head of the Gelugpa school of which he is a part. That responsibility falls to the Ganden Tripa.) More »
  • Thousands of Tibetan students protest China's plan to use only Mandarin in Tibetan schools Paid Member

    Thousands of Tibetan students in western China are protesting against a proposed plan to eliminate or curb the use of Tibetan in schools. The plan advocates switching to Mandarin, China's official language. Via the New York Times: The protests are among the largest in Tibetan areas since the March 2008 uprising that began in Lhasa and spread across the Tibetan plateau. But unlike those protests, these have been peaceful and have involved mostly students. A protest against the proposed policies was also held in Beijing on Friday afternoon, drawing hundreds of Tibetan students at a prominent university that specializes in teaching ethnic minorities, according to witness reports and photographs. More »