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    Watch beautiful video "108 Bowls: A Water Mala" Paid Member

    Happy World Water Day! In celebration of WWD, we're giving attention to water by watching "108 Bowls: A Water Mala." The beautiful video was produced by Hermitage Heart, an organization in Garrison, NY founded by Tricycle friend and contributor Bonnie Myotai Treace. From Hermitage Heart's website: More »
  • What the Water Knows Paid Member

    In honor of World Water Day, here's a poem by Sam Hamill from the pages of Tricycle: What the Water Knows What the mouth sings, the soul must learn to forgive. A rat’s as moral as a monk in the eyes of the real world. Still, the heart is a river pouring from itself, a river that cannot be crossed. It opens on a bay and turns back upon itself as the tide comes in, it carries the cry of the loon and the salts of the unutterably human. A distant eagle enters the mouth of a river salmon no longer run and his wide wings glide upstream until he disappears into the nothing from which he came. Only the thought remains. Lacking the eagle’s cunning or the wisdom of the sparrow, where shall I turn, drowning in sorrow? Who will know what the trees know, the spidery patience of young maple or what the willows confess? More »
  • Peace Begins on Our Plates Paid Member

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has released an ad featuring a Thich Nhat Hanh teaching: I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world. We've run stories about animal rights in the past and have had lively discussion about the ethics of pet euthanasia, but it's not often that we've addressed strict veganism. Sam Mowe (you may know him on Twitter as "Tricycle Sam") has written about it here, though, and it always inspires debate—healthy debate. Take a look here and here. More »
  • "Eco-monastery" to open in the Buddha's birthplace Paid Member

    An “eco-monastery” will open in April in Lumbini, Nepal—the birthplace of the Buddha. The Lumbini Udyana Mahachaitya World Center for Peace and Unity (LUM), a project headed by Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, will be the largest temple in Lumbini, at 48,600-square-feet, and has incorporated various “green” elements into its design—such as extra insulation, and relying on large area solar panels to generate all of the building’s lighting needs. Though it will be the largest temple in town, it will be the most environmentally friendly of all the buildings in the monastic zone of Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dharmakaya, Rinpoche's organization, began construction on the project in 2006. More »
  • Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat Paid Member

    Due to Buddhist teachings on nonviolence and compassion, people often assume that Buddhists are vegetarians. Indeed, many Tricycle readers cried foul after we ran a recipe in the Winter 2010 issue that listed chicken as an ingredient. One letter to the editor said, "I feel this [recipe] is as disturbing in your magazine as it would be if it had been published in Vegetarian Times. Please no more chicken recipes." We printed a short response saying that while we respect vegetarianism, the fact is that many Buddhists eat meat. (Note: personally when I say I "respect" vegetarianism, I mean it in the "hold in high esteem" sense of the word, not like "I respect your right to eat whatever you like." Also, a fun fact: when it comes to dietary restrictions the Tricycle staff is a motley crew.) More »
  • Clark Strand to speak on 12 Steps of Ecological Recovery at Judson Church Paid Member

    We're all addicted to destoying the Earth. But we don't have to continue doing it. Clark Strand will be speaking about the 12 Steps to Ecological Recovery this Friday at Judson Memorial Chruch in New York City. Read about this exciting event here. You can also download a PDF about the event. Clark Strand's extraordinary movement bringing together ecologically minded people of all walks of life is gaining in force and strength every day—and would you believe it began right here at Tricycle? At least that's what we like to say. Here's a quick look at some of Clark's recent work with us: More »