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    Watch Bonnie Myotai Treace: "Whole Life Offering" Paid Member

    The new Tricycle Retreat for July is led by Bonnie Myotai Treace, the Founder and Spiritual Director of Hermitage Heart, and Bodies of Water Zen. More »
  • Hothead? Cool your mind Paid Member

    Today the temperature in New York City is supposed to reach a sweltering 103 degrees. On the subway I watched as uncomfortable New Yorkers pushed past one another on the way from air-conditioned point A to air-conditioned point B with little regard for anyone else. Not only does the heat cause physical discomfort, it often turns us into hot heads—making us irritable and quick to anger. I myself find it hard to cool my mind when I can see the heat rising in waves from the pavement, so this morning I turned to the Tricycle archives for help. There I found "Hot and Heavy, Cool and Light," a piece on the Tibetan practice of tonglen by Judith Simmer-Brown: More »
  • Our visit with Her Holiness Shinso Ito Paid Member

    This week, I went with Tricycle's editor and publisher, James Shaheen, to talk to Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the head priest of Shinnyo-en, a Japanese lay Buddhist movement whose global membership numbers about one million. Shinso Ito is the first female priest in her Shingon lineage, from which Shinnyo-en emerged, and has twice presided over ceremonies in the thousand-year-old Daigoji Temple, the oldest building in Kyoto. She is pictured below presenting a statue* made by her father, Shinjo Ito, the founder of Shinnyo-en, to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Her Holiness and Hizzoner were speakers at the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service that took place in New York this week. More »
  • Bhopal Disaster and the BP Oil Spill Paid Member

    An article in The New York Times yesterday looked at the 1984 Bhopal disaster through the eyes of Indians comparing it with the current BP spill in the Gulf. From the Times: No matter how halting the Obama administration’s response to the gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might look to Americans, Indians cannot help but marvel — and envy — the alacrity with which the United States government has acted. More »
  • Nepal Halts Logging Temporarily Paid Member

    BBC News reports that the Nepalese government has announced a two-month ban on all logging in the country. The ban is due primarily to the high number of trees being cut down in the forests of the southern, low-land Terai region of Nepal. According to one report, more than 250,000 acres have been lost in only a few months—more than was logged over the five-year period from 2000-2005. From BBC: Around a quarter of the land mass in Nepal is under forest, and much of this is managed by community projects. More »
  • Notes from the Gulf: The BP Spill Paid Member

    The suffering caused by the BP oil spill in the gulf has been on all of our minds. When the Tricycle staff first gathered to discuss the environmental disaster back in April we couldn't have imagined that three months later oil would still be pouring out of the earth, covering the ocean with a pervasive sheen. Though it is easy to feel helpless in the face of such massive devastation, it's important for all of us to remember that there are actions we can take to support those affected by the spill. In the upcoming "Good Work" section of the August issue, Tricycle will feature a special section devoted to relief organizations in the gulf and in "On Gardening" Wendy Johnson reflects on the tragedy of the spill and the source of our attraction to the deep abyss of the ocean. More »