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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 »
  • English Translation of the Dalai Lama/Chinese Citizens Twitter Talk Paid Member

    The New York Review of Books posted the May 21 Twitter conversation between the Dalai Lama and Chinese citizens in its entirety. Perry Link translated the dialogue and explains how such an event was able to take place. So how did Wang Lixiong do it? First he asked representatives of the Dalai Lama, who is on a tour of the U.S., for an hour of time in which the Tibetan religious leader might answer questions from Chinese citizens. The Dalai Lama agreed to use the hour of 8 to 9 a.m. (EST) on May 21 for this purpose. Wang then arranged to open a Twitter page beginning on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. (Beijing time), onto which Chinese Web users could pose questions. More »
  • Tricycle responds to Elephant Journal columnist Paid Member

    A short while ago, in an attempt to streamline the flood of information coming to us via Twitter, one of our team reduced the number of feeds we follow from something like 380 to around 60. No harm was meant (indeed, some have declared it "weird" to be followed by a magazine) and we apologize to those we offended. There are many, many Buddhists on Twitter and we actually do read our feed. More »
  • The Dalai Lama and the BP Oil Spill

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    Planet Green published an article yesterday entitled, “How Heeding the Dalai Lama’s Advice Could Have Prevented the BP Oil Spill.” Using a statement about interconnectedness on the Dalai Lama’s Facebook page as a launch pad, Matt McDermott considers what a broader sense of self might do to our environmental impact. More »
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    Music of the dharma Paid Member

    What does the dharma sound like? On the new CD Dhamma Gita: Music of Young Practitioners Inspired by The Dhamma producer Hanuman Goleman brings together original musical compositions by young practicing Buddhists. The album is a fruitful and original collaboration between those who have found musical inspiration in their meditation practice--though they do not consider themselves "Buddhist musicans" they do consider themselves "musicians who practice Buddhism." Each artist featured on the CD brings a distinct tone and voice to the compilation--some tracks are reminiscent of American folk music while others are closer to hip-hop--with songs ranging from "Hello Mister June Bug" by Lela Roy to "Lama Care for Me" by Monique Rhodes. More »
  • Joan Halifax: On Grief and Buddhism Paid Member

    This dewdrop world Is but a dewdrop world. And yet, and yet— —Issa, Eighteenth-century Japanese poet Roshi Joan Halifax gave a beautiful talk on grieving last week, which is available as a podcast at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center’s website. One of the sources she uses for articulating the experience of grief is the stunning poem above, which she says “opens the hand of grief.” Joan is intimate with grief. It’s plain that she’s made an effort to come to know grief personally through experience, and she encourages others to open up to that experience as well. More »