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  • A New Buddhist Story: Week Three of David Loy's Retreat Paid Member

    In this third week of David Loy's retreat, he delves further into the notion of a collective self, suggesting that in order to strive for a "collective awakening," we as a species need to reconsider our current "story," or our prevailing perception of ourselves and where we come from. Taking us through various historical points of view on "the Story," from theistic narratives to the more recent scientific narratives, Loy closely examines the Western conception of evolutionary theory and offers ways that Buddhism can reinterpret evolution. Instead of understanding evolution as a naturally competitive force of nature, we can look at it as an intrinsically self-creative process. Loy finishes by suggesting that we can view it as a macrocosm of our own consciousness—essentially as the process by which the universe awakens to itself. More »
  • The Weatherman's Legacy Paid Member

    This Thursday acclaimed director Pema Tseden will be screening his documentary film The Weatherman's Legacy at Trace Foundation. Made for Discovery Channel Asia in 2004, the film was made in Pema Tseden's hometown, where it follows a Tibetan shaman who wants to pass down his hailstorm-stopping and rain-making skills to a son who would rather run a video-rental business in the village instead. Worried that his reputation in the village is slipping, the shaman's last hope lies with his grandson, who is beginning to learn the ancient incantations. More »
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    Hurricane Sandy Relief Paid Member

    It's been a week since Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast coast, and the region is still recoiling from the devastation. So many of us along the Eastern coast, including the Tricycle team, have been affected by the storm. Though power is back in Manhattan (and in our office) and its infrastructure is scraping along, most in the coastline regions, and many in the city—in Staten Island, the Rockaways, Red Hook, Coney Island and other areas—remain in dire conditions. A number of organizations are providing aid to Sandy victims. Now's the time to be generous and giving—not merely as individual Buddhist practice, but as human beings within the larger community. With another storm expected to hit an already crippled, eroded coast on Wednesday evening, aid efforts are paramount now. More »
  • Urban Samadhi Paid Member

    Beginning in 1968, Richard “Dick” Proenneke spent the majority of 30 years living alone in a log cabin he built by hand in the Alaskan wilderness. Throughout this time he lived off of the land and was mostly self-sufficient, catching or growing all of his food and chopping wood for warmth in the deathly freezing winters. By Dick’s own account, the wildlife and seasons gave him his repose, and such adoration of nature showed in his many journal entries that notated the life of the mountains and stars. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "Buddha in the Bee Yard" Paid Member

    Counting today, there's only three days left to decide who our Short Films Showcase winner is going to be. I hate to sound like a politician, but (I'm putting on my stern face now) your votes count. This is your chance to alter Short Films Showcase history. All right, the politico-speech is over now. Let's talk short films. More »
  • Chinese Mining Company Might Destroy Ancient Buddhist Ruins in Mes Aynak Paid Member

    More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists established a sprawling monastery complex in the barren desert just 25 miles southeast of present-day Kabul, Afghanistan, attracted to the remote location because of its rich copper deposits. Mes Aynak, the once vibrant home to hundreds of Buddha statues and Bronze Age treasures, fell into ruin for centuries.The former spiritual center rose again to prevalence thousands of years later when the disregarded ruins became an Al-Qaeda training ground, playing host to high-ranking members of the terrorist organization beginning in 1999. Eight years later, in 2007, the red-brown metal that first caught the Buddhists’ eyes brought an international giant onto the scene. More »