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    Kagyu Monlam Chenmo; Sri Lankan editor killed Paid Member

    Barbara O'Brien has a post on the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo underway in Bodh Gaya, the patch of earth in India where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. The 17th Karmapa presides. (Recall that there is something of a Karmapa controversy.) The festival runs from January 4th to 11th: More »
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    An Account of Meditate NYC Paid Member

    [The following is a guest post from Jolie Gorchov that I was supposed to put up last week! Sorry. If your organization is mentioned here but not linked, and you would like to have it linked, please let us know - Phil] A recent panel discussion in BuddhaDharma about The Future of Buddhism focused on “convert” western Buddhists without mentioning Asian Buddhists. This has kicked off a firestorm of web chatter about oppression and “Wonderbread” (western) Buddhists vs. Asian Buddhists. In light of this debate that’s made its way to blogs such as Dharma Folk, The Worst Horse, Shambhala Sun Space and the Tricycle Editor’s Blog, I wanted to counter with a recent afternoon in New York that was spent with all sorts of different Buddhist teachers, speakers, and sects. On Sunday, November 9, the Buddhist Council of New York presented its second annual Meditate NYC event.  Meditate NYC is a free week-long event aimed mostly at newcomers to meditation, and people who are interested in Buddhism. The Meditate NYC kick-off offered a wide-ranging program with speakers from America, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Tibet. The afternoon event opened at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with the traditional Tibetan ringing of 108 bells. The event’s emcees, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, abbot of Village Zendo and Michele Laporte of Shambhala Center sat on stage as the Buddhist Council’s former President, Reverend T.K. Nakagaki of New York Buddhist Church opened the program and welcomed attendees.  Each speaker following gave about a 20-minute offering. More »
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    Tibet House Auction Hosted by Petra Nemcova Paid Member

    Tonight, December 1st. Can you tell me about the Tibet House Benefit Auction and how you got involved in that? This is my second time hosting the event; I hosted it last year as well. It’s an auction at Christie’s, and a lot of the items are very adventurous—for example a trip to Bhutan, but done in a very special way. There’s also a $20,000 shopping spree at Donna Karan. I’m hosting it with Robert Thurman, who is a professor of Tibetan Studies at Columbia University and the president of Tibet House. One of the items up for bid is dinner with Robert and his daughter Uma. And what exactly does Tibet House do? They’re trying to preserve the cultural treasures of Tibetan heritage. The people of Tibet have been struggling for some time now; I haven’t been to Tibet, but I’ve been on the edge of it—in Nepal—and the culture has been close to my heart for many years. They’ve always had such a peaceful approach to life, especially when you consider the violence they’ve been stricken with. And unfortunately it’s a culture that’s been endangered, so I’d like to help to try and preserve it by bringing more awareness to it. More »
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    World AIDS Day Paid Member

    Fight the stigma. More »
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    More Grotesque Miscarriages of Justice in Burma Paid Member

    It's getting a bit repetitive talking about arrests in Burma but the world needs to keep condemning the junta for human rights violations such as this outrage: A regional human rights body has condemned the Burmese military rulers for arbitrarily sentencing two lawyers, who were acting as defence counsels for political activists and called for their immediate release. Could there be a more grotesque mockery of due process than jailing defense lawyers? More »
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    Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York Paid Member

    Thursday afternoon, Tricycle caught a press-preview glimpse of this weekend’s Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York. Located on Manhattan’s Pier 92, the event features over 80 galleries from 15 countries, this year including artists from the Middle East and Central Asia. We were particularly taken by Ran Hwang’s expansive, glittering pin-and-button wall installations. Be on the lookout for her work in upcoming issues. Some of Hwang’s installations can be seen here. Another of our favorites was the exhibition of the Tibetan Bridge Foundation, an educational nonprofit working to build a community center in a village in Eastern Tibet. More »