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  • Celebrating the Return of Khyentse Rinpoche Paid Member

    I am very happy to help spread the news about Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's first visit to the United States this August.  This trip will both serve as a commemoration of the life of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) on the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth as well as a welcoming of his current incarnation, Khyentse Yangsi, to the United States.  May it be the first of many! More »
  • New book, old bones: Susan Moon at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    Starting June 21, join us at the Tricycle Community Book Club where Susan Moon will be leading a discussion on her latest, This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity.  The book is a collection of essays broken down into three sections: Cracks in the Mind and Body, Changing Relationships, and In the Realm of the Spirit. We will spend two days (loosely) discussing each section and have a final day to wrap things up. From the Introduction: "Wabi-sabi" is a Japanese expression for the beauty of impermanence, the imperfection of things that are worn and frayed and chipped through use. Objects that are simple and rustic, like an earthenware tea bowl, and objects that show their age and use, like a wooden banister worn smooth by many hands, are beautiful. . . . More »
  • How many candles on the Buddha's birthday cake? Paid Member

    ... Or how many lamps in the Buddha's birthday tree? Either way, yesterday’s post about Vesak got me wondering: when was the Buddha born? As it turns out, there is a long scholarly discussion on the date of the Buddha’s birth (is anybody surprised?). The traditional date given in most Southeast Asian countries is 624 BCE. Scholars in the West and Asia have long rejected this date and, until recently, have placed the date somewhere between 567-563 BCE. These days, however, and increasing number of scholars place the date of the Buddha’s birth later—some even arguing that it could be up to one hundred years later than previously believed (463 BCE). More »
  • Happy Birthday, Buddha Paid Member

    . . . and happy enlightenment, and happy passing away. Today many Buddhist countries around the world celebrate Vesak (sometimes called Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti), a holiday that commemorates all three of these major events of the Buddha’s life. It takes place annually at the end of May, when the moon is full. More »
  • Buddhist Books at BEA Paid Member

    A few of us from Tricycle spent the morning traversing the endless aisles and stands at Book Expo America at the Javits Center. There isn’t much to report, but we were able to attend a book signing by Rafe Martin for his recent story The Banyan Deer at Wisdom Publications' booth. He gave us a little love. More »
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    Many faiths, one truth Paid Member

    Today's New York Times featured an op-ed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has just completed a 10-day teaching tour in the US. In "Many Faiths, One Truth," the Dalai Lama speaks of the need to find common ground among world religions in order to bridge divisions and create a peaceful and harmonious global society. His Holiness reminds us that intolerance continues to plague religious, political, and social institutions--especially as globalization beings us into contact with cultures and traditions different than our own: Though intolerance may be as old as religion itself, we still see vigorous signs of its virulence. In Europe, there are intense debates about newcomers wearing veils or wanting to erect minarets and episodes of violence against Muslim immigrants. Radical atheists issue blanket condemnations of those who hold to religious beliefs. More »