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    Never Before and Always Paid Member

    The current issue of Tricycle features an interview with author, entrepreneur, and activist Paul Hawken that explores the increase in civil-society activism that has occurred internationally in the past year. As a follow-up to the interview, Paul wrote this guest blog post, which looks at the deep and concrete implications of financial issues that often appear to non-specialists as impenetrably abstract. The interview, "Upsurge: How Paul Hawken Anticipated Occupy Wall Street and the Rise of Leaderless Movements," can be found here.   More »
  • Occupy Sravasti Paid Member

    This guest blog post comes our way from Joshua Eaton, an editor, writer and translator. Eaton holds an M Div in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University. His most recent piece for tricycle.com is "Making Buddhism accessible to working-class people." Occupy Sravasti: How Buddhism Inspires Me to Occupy By Joshua Eaton More »
  • Buddha Buzz: A Blond Dalai Lama? Paid Member

    Does anyone remember when Hungary withdrew official recognition for all religious organizations in the country except 14? Well, good news. They've added 18 more, 5 Buddhist groups among them. Of course, that still leaves over two hundred religious sects that aren't recognized, but at least Hungary is acknowledging that Buddhism (and Islam, and Jehovah's witnesses, apparently) exists within its borders. More »
  • Occupy the Moment: A 99¢ Book for the 99% Paid Member

    Rick Heller, editor of the online magazine The New Humanism, self-identified secular Buddhist, and Occupy Boston activist, recently released the eBook, Occupy the Moment: A Mindful Path to a New Economy. It combines Buddhist teachings with neuroscience to frame a discussion of mindful activism and the Occupy movement. Heller specifically focuses on the three poisons—greed, hatred, and delusion—and how an understanding of all of them, and in particular, greed, can shape how we go about changing society for the better. From Occupy the Moment's introduction: More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Teacher Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street Paid Member

    As Occupy Wall Street stretches over the one-month mark, Buddhists from around the blogosphere have been sharing their thoughts about it, and in quite a few cases, participating in the "occupation." These Buddhist voices at Occupy protests around the U.S. run the gamut from lay practitioners, to teachers, to entire sanghas: Nathan Thompson over at Dangerous Harvests has been blogging about his experiences with Occupy Minneapolis, and Maia Duerr has blogged about her participation occupying the present at Occupy Santa Fe. More »
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    Buddha Buzz: An Inglorious Columbus and a Royal Buddhist Wedding Paid Member

    In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Then he landed in the Bahamas and proceeded to enslave and massacre the local people. Despite Columbus' well-documented reign of cruelty and violence, Columbus Day is still celebrated as a federal holiday in most parts of the United States (kudos to such places as South Dakota, which celebrates Native American Day instead, and Santa Cruz, California, which celebrates Indigenous People's Day). As we know, Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas—that distinction belongs to Leif Ericson. But did you know that there's a theory—first proposed by French sinologist M. De Guignes in 1761—that argues that Chinese Buddhist monks may have been the first travelers from the Old World to the New, reaching Mexico in A.D. 499? More »