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  • Tricycle Pilgrimage to India, January 2008 Paid Member

    The Tricycle pilgrimage to India was an eventful one, with so many sites visited we were all a bit winded by the end of it. This year, our unflappable Indian guide, Shantum Seth, took us down to the stone-temple caves of Ajanta and Ellora--truly spectacular. Stephen Batchelor and Shantum led mediations and teachings, and most memorable for me--after Ajanta and Ellora--was our visit to Sanchi, in Madhaya Pradesh. Sanchi is the site of some of the most well-preserved stupas and examples of Buddhist architecture. Stone structures spanning centuries are perched high on a hill overlooking the plains below. The great thing about Sanchi is that it spans a period from the third to the twelfth centuries. The earliest structures show no representation of the Buddha at all, in keeping with the tradition's focus on the teachings, not the man. More »
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    Buddha Wild Paid Member

    Buddha Wild - The Monk in a Hut, directed by Anna Wilding, will screen at Tibet House on March 19th. The film is up for a major award in India. More »
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    Makha Bucha Day, Wat Dhammakaya, and the Metta Center Paid Member

    Makha Bucha Day is a major holiday in Thailand and it falls tomorrow, February 21. According to Buddhist scriptures, nine months after Siddharttha Gautama attained enlightenment, on the full-moon day of the third lunar month, a total of 1,250 disciples of the Buddha from various places spontaneously assembled at Veluvan in Magadha to pay respect to the Buddha. This meeting is considered very significant in Buddhist history because first, it was done without previous appointment and was therefore a miracle, and secondly, all the disciples had been ordained by the Buddha himself and had attained sainthood and become arahants. Wat Dhammakaya's website will let you experience Makha Bucha from the comfort of your own home. More »
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    More on Shinjo Ito in New York Paid Member

    Some more on the Shinjo Ito exhibition now in New York (the start of a world tour, apparently.) Several people I have spoken to have expressed surprise that the art is so recent. Here's the New York Times and artdaily.org. [Photo: The "Great Parnirvana" sculpture by Shinjo Ito, depicting Buddha on his deathbed, is prepared for a show of the artist's works, which opens Thursday in Chelsea. Michael Nagle for The New York Times] More »
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    Shinjo Ito in New York Paid Member

    If you're going to be in New York City, check out The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito at the Milk Gallery starting February 21st. More about it here. More »
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    Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall - February 13th, 2008 Paid Member

    TICKETS TO TIBET HOUSE U.S. ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL ARE NOW ON SALE; Band of Horses, Ray Davies, Philip Glass, Nawang Khechog, Marisa Monte, Sufjan Stevens, and Tom Verlaine to perform. Tickets to the Tibet House U.S. 18th Annual Benefit Concert, to be held Wednesday, February 13th at Carnegie Hall are on sale now. Featured performers include Band of Horses, Ray Davies, Philip Glass, Nawang Khechog, Marisa Monte, Sufjan Stevens, and Tom Verlaine, with others to be announced. Concert tickets are $35-$108 and can be purchased by calling 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue). Concert-only tickets are not available through Tibet House. Tickets for the concert and a post-concert dinner party are available through Tibet House (these can't be purchased through Carnegie Hall). For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and dinner party call Tibet House U.S. More »