• Stupa near Albuquerque safe for now Paid Member

    There has been some buzz around the Buddho-blogosphere the past few days about the U.S. National Park Service planning to bulldoze a small Tibetan stupa near Albuquerque, NM. It was never clear how much truth there was to this assertion, as there didn’t appear to be any word from the NPS itself. But, no matter, Kyle Lovett of The Reformed Buddhist blog reports today that he spoke with a NPS Ranger from the Petroglyph National Park visitor center who said that the NPS will not be removing the stupa now or any time in the foreseeable future. Thanks for getting to the bottom of this, Kyle! More »
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    Technology and the Moment Paid Member

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    In memoriam Paid Member

    (Allen Ginsberg's Committee on Poetry, Inc. farm, Cherry Valley, New York Thanksgiving l969. From left, standing: Julius Orlovsky, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gordon Ball, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley. Front, seated: Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky. Image: Gordon Ball; Copyright Gordon Ball) This past Sunday Peter Orlovsky, the longtime muse and companion to Allen Ginsberg and a poet in his own right, died in Williston, Vermont. He was seventy-six and lived in St. Johnsbury.  (Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, June l996. Image: Gordon Ball; Copyright Gordon Ball) More »
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    From the Library Shelves: The White Buddhist Paid Member

    Last week I published a short post on the International Buddhist Flag, a flag modified by Col. Henry Olcott, a westerner who is still revered in Sri Lanka as a leader of the Sinhalese Buddhist Revival.  Today while sorting through the history books here at the Tricycle office, I came across Stephen Prothero’s book The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott. More »
  • Sarah Palin, Zen Master? Paid Member

    In his article "Did Sarah Palin Top Rush Limbaugh’s Idiotic BP Oil Spill Remarks?" on ecopolitology, Zachary Shahan suggests the possibility that Sarah Palin is a Zen master. After reading one of Sarah Palin's latest remarks, my mind has almost gone blank. Perhaps she is actually a Buddhist teacher in disguise and these confusing or nonsensical one-liners she puts out are really Zen kōans geared at bringing more people to enlightenment. Here is the one that almost brought me to enlightenment (from Palin's Twitter feed): "Extreme Greenies:see now why we push'drill,baby,drill'of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" More »
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    Out in the Himalayas: Gay Pride Month at the Rubin Museum Paid Member

    What does it mean to be gay, Buddhist, and living in the Himalayas? In celebration of Gay Pride Month, the Rubin Museum of New York is hosting "OUT in the Himalayas," a lecture series that will address gay, lesbian, and transgender issues in the Himalayan region. Topics are set to include "Lesbians of Yunnan," "Hijras: The 'Third Gender' in Pakistan," and "The Fate and Fortunes of the Third Sex in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism." In "Will Gay Marriage Be Adopted in the World's Youngest Democracy?" Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay member of parliament, will discuss his aim to make Nepal the first Asian country to adopt equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Kudos to the Rubin Museum for taking up this tough and under-addressed topic. It should prove to be an interesting and thought provoking series! More »