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    More sanctions, more arrests Paid Member

    President Bush is threatening more sanctions for Myanmar for continuing to defy international will and failing to "stop their vicious persecution." He also called on India and China, Burma's most powerful neighbors, to do more. This last part seems like the way to go. You can try and isolate countries like North Korea and Cuba, and the people end up starving while the government grows rich. Burma was pretty much a closed country anyway. But how about the president calls David J. O'Reilly, CEO of Chevron, and tells him to stop doing business in Myanmar? Well, human rights are human rights, but dammit, we need that oil. Take a look at how many dictatorships are propped up by oil money. More »
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    Liberation Prison Project Paid Member

    We get a tremendous amount of mail from prisoners here at Tricycle, and we do our best to send them something in reply to their letters. Beth Phelan of the Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, Australia (guiding light behind the tremendous Happiness & Its Causes conferences) visited us today and, talking about last year's conference, mentioned the dynamic Buddhist nun the Venerable Robina Courtin and the incredible work she does on the Liberation Prison Project, which works with Buddhists in prisons around the world. The U.S. has a prison problem. More »
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    HHDL on the NYT homepage Paid Member

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    Vipassana Forum and Awakening 101 Paid Member

    There's a new site out called the Vipassana Meditation Forum, run by the Irreverent Buddhist. Looks like it's getting a lot of action after only a few days alone, which is great. Also came across the site Awakening 101, a self-guided tour of the Dharma. It included the cool pic below, from the Illustrated History of Buddhism. More »
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    HHDL in NYC Paid Member

    This weekend, Tricycle's hometown of New York City was lucky (or big and rich) enough to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In lieu of his usual barnstorming, His Holiness gave three full days of teachings at a Manhattan landmark, Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes (yes, they're alive and... kicking). Did they welcome him to town with a saffron kick-line? Sadly, no, but Radio City made for a magnificent venue, the huge arched ceiling lit a subtle orange. (Here's a photo from flickr that gives you an idea, despite the biblical scene.) More »
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    Lopez on the term "aryan" Paid Member

    Donald S. Lopez Jr.'s article on the term "aryan" from the Winter 2006 issue of Tricycle is available here. Buddhist extremists gang up on Catholics in Sri Lanka. Those Sri Lankan Buddhists aren't playing, either. Many monks have been militarized by the long, brutal civil war with Tamil rebels in the north. Buddhist movie plot #427: Tiny Jodo Shu church represented by a spunky little law firm fights the big mother church in Japan, which is of course backed by a huge faceless corporate Firm. Buddhist Relics do Edmonton. A photo would have been nice but maybe is verboten. More »