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    Lives and insights of the early masters in the Dzogchen lineage Paid Member

    I would like to take this opportunity to intruduce Wellsprings of the Great Perfection, a book on the early Dzogchen masters and their poetry. It's a labor of love I've been working on over the last twelve years. Here are some excerpts: Throughout history great individuals have appeared to inspire others. They formulate their insights to help others transform their lives, and find meaning and happiness, even liberation and enlightenment. The philosophy and stories of these great ones, passed down by the first recipients, often have such a force and strength that thousands of years later, their lives and values continue to be sources of inspiration. The present recipient—always at the end of a long line, like at the water tap from a pipe originating at a mountain spring—must hear of the origin of the teaching and its teacher, to know and have trust in its authenticity, before turning on the water and drinking. More »
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    On the Bookshelf Paid Member

    Sam Harris, bestselling author of The End of Faith and telegenic darling of the Godless set, has recently come out with a new title—Letter to a Christian Nation. For those who've been waiting for someone to debunk the miraculous or tell us that Leviticus could use an update, it's a real treat. After all, it's been a long six years. More »
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    Chinese Border Guards: "We Killed in Self-Defense." Paid Member

    *update* Now there's video of the killing taken by a Romanian climber, first shown on Romanian TV, available on Youtube in English. the galling Chinese acknowledgement of the shooting, via the Australian paper The Age the climbers' accounts of the shooting, from mounteverest.net. Andrew Merz, Associate Editor More »
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    Shooting Follow-Up Paid Member

    A friend who works at Human Rights in China sent me their press release about the shooting I mentioned in my last post, including the links below. The seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun killed was named Kelsang Namtso, from Nagchu prefecture in central Tibet. More »
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    Train to Nowhere Paid Member

    The new hi-tech railroad to Lhasa, Tibet, has been getting lots of press lately, as much for its technological innovations as for the threat it poses to Tibetan culture; easier access means that many more Chinese settlers, who already greatly outnumber Tibetans in the capital. However, in case you were thinking the situation in Tibet had slowed to a colonial economic creep, here's a story straight from the days of the Iron Curtain. The BBC is reporting that a group of British climbers witnessed Chinese soldiers shoot and kill a young Tibetan nun trying to flee to Nepal with a group of other Tibetans. Andrew Merz, Associate Editor More »
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    Kicking Enlightenment Paid Member

    From time to time, we'll be posting short reviews and descriptions of some of the books and films, etc., that we get here in the Tricycle office but just don't have space for in the magazine. There are so many worthwhile but low-budget projects out there, hopefully a little exposure here will help some of them out... More »