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    PHOTOS: BGR's Walk to Feed the Hungry Paid Member

    Buddhist Global Relief hosted its second annual Walk to Feed the Hungry event in New York City last weekend. Bhante Buddharakkhita led a large group of walkers up and down a beautiful stretch of Riverside Park, for a 3.5 mile walk. The afternoon included memorable lines from guest speak Venerable Ji Xing ("Family is an acronym: Father and Mother, I Love You"), a vegetarian lunch, and raffle prizes (I won some tea!). Of course, as the leaders reminded participants at the end of the day, this walk is really just beginning. Here are some pictures from the walk. Says photographer Miana Jun, "I hope these photographs share an ounce of what the beauty of the day was like." More »
  • Mahaparinibbana Sutta: Four Places of Pilgrimage Paid Member

    "There are four places, Ananda, that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence. What are the four?"'Here the Tathagata was born!' [Lumbini] This, Ananda, is a place that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence."'Here the Tathagata became fully enlightened in unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment!' [Bodhgaya] This, Ananda, is a place that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence."'Here the Tathagata set rolling the unexcelled Wheel of the Dhamma!' [Sarnath] This, Ananda, is a place that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence. More »
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    Walk to Feed the Hungry: Support Buddhist Global Relief Paid Member

    In his essay "The Need of the Hour," in the current issue of Tricycle, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi offers us guidance on how to find our "sacred calling." As the title of the essay suggests, the time to do this is now. He begins "The Need of the Hour" by reminding us of the urgency of this task. More »
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    A Common Thread: Responses to the Maha Teacher Council Paid Member

    In June, 230 Buddhist teachers gathered at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, for the Maha Teacher Council, a conference on the future of Buddhist practice in North America. Following the conference, we asked 11 participants the following question:Buddhism is very diverse—some would even say that the different traditions represent different religions. What was the common Buddhist thread that brought you all together?We feature their responses in "A Common Thread," from the current issue of Tricycle. Pat Enkyo O’Hara, abbot of The Village Zendo, had this to say about what held the conference together: More »
  • The Fall 2011 issue of Tricycle: Letters and Reviews Paid Member

    We're always pleased to see letters to the editor, and our recent issues have brought us some good one for the Fall 2011 issue of Tricycle. Here's one response to Linda Heuman's "Whose Buddhism is Truest?" from the summer issue: More »
  • Making tantric practice available to the masses: The Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 Paid Member

    The Dalai Lama has been in Washington, D.C. this week participating in the Kalachakra for World Peace, a ritual empowerment event that prepares practitioners to engage in the highest tantric meditations. While the practice of tantra is traditionally reserved for religious specialists, in recent years the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan teachers have been holding Kalachakra initiation ceremonies for large groups in the West, with all-levels of practitioners attending. The Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 initiation began on July 6, the Dalai Lama's 76th birthday, and will end on July 16. More »