• 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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    Help Fund the Production of an American Buddhist Documentary Paid Member

    Adam Eurich's self-funded film-in-progress, Seeking Heartwood, is an attempt to find the best in American dharma. Extracting wisdom from the lifetime of practice, study, and kindness of a generation who earnestly strove for decades to practice the Buddha’s teachings, Eurich has been driving across the United States for almost two years, visiting dharma centers and interviewing teachers in order to craft his documentary. There's just one obstacle—he's run out of money! You can learn more about Seeking Heartwood here and donate to its Kickstarter project here. Your contribution will go toward completing the last of the interviews and the film's post-production. We look forward to seeing the finished product. Best of luck, Adam! More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Wolverines, Starbucks, and a Buddhist Statue from Outer Space Paid Member

    For someone whose job consists of (among other things, I swear) writing about the news every week, I don't like reading the news all that much. It's just too depressing. So forgive me while I indulge myself in something much more fun.Hey there, Hugh Jackman.The promotional posters for the next Wolverine movie have been released, with Jackman standing in front of what looks like a Buddhist temple (see, this had relevance after all). The movie is set in Japan, so now I'm wondering: is it going to have a Buddhist theme? We'll have to wait until next July to find out. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of September 17 Paid Member

    Here's a fun fact: the Tricycle offices in New York are in the same building as a club owned by the rapper Jay-Z. Usually, it doesn't mean much. No one is at work at 3 am on a Friday, which is presumably when the club is—excuse me for using this word—hoppin'. But this Monday Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce hosted a fundraiser for President Obama in the club, and the Tricycle staff were sent home early by what we presume were the Secret Service's orders. Because nothing is more threatening to the President's safety than a bunch of Buddhists typing furiously on their computers. More »
  • Wisdom from the Prison Yard Paid Member

    The letter below is one of many included in the book Letters from the Dhamma Brothers. In these letters, the prisoners who took part in the Vipassana program at a maximum security prison in Alabama reflect on their prison experience following their meditation course. The letters are all at once moving, insightful, and profound. These prisoners' introduction to the program was captured by director Jenny Phillips in the film The Dhamma Brothers, which Tricycle screened online in March. More »
  • Tricycle Talk: Victress Hitchcock, Director of When the Iron Bird Flies Paid Member

    This year's Tricycle | Buddhafest Online Film Festival features two films by wonderwoman director Victress Hitchcock: Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet and When the Iron Bird Flies. The first opened the film festival by highlighting the practice of the Nangchen nuns within the largely male-dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet. With When the Iron Bird Flies, Hitchcock expands her lens, following the journey of Tibetan Buddhism from its past seclusion in the Land of Snows to its current (almost) mainstream status in the West, focusing especially on the effects of the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet in 1959. More »