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    Dashboard Buddha Paid Member

    Sometimes an image of Buddha can just help produce a smile on a grey day as this one did on the community site.  This photo is one of more than 6,000 photos that Tricycle readers have posted there. If you like, please send us your photos—we'd love to share them with our readers! More »
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    Tricycle cover artists make waves on museum roof Paid Member

    Here at Tricycle we love to follow the work of artists that we've collaborated with in the past. Such has been the case with Mike and Doug Starn, twin brothers whose artwork has twice been featured on Tricycle covers and who continue to produce exceptional creative work on ever widening scale. More »
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    Buddhist Pet Funerals Paid Member

    My last pet was an orange tabby that died at the age of nearly 20. A friend, who had been caring for him, insisted we gather with a few others who'd been fond of the cat to scatter its ashes in Central Park. I felt a little silly but I was truly sad to lose my feline friend—especially since he was the last vestige of a relationship that had ended sadly. We trudged out in the snow late in the evening (we were pretty sure we were violating some city ordinance) and scattered his remains in fistfuls as if we were seeding a lawn. More »
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    The Dalai Lama on Learning and Buddhism Paid Member

    As many of you may know, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in the midst of a 10-day teaching tour in the US, which began with a stop in the Midwest. On May 12th and 13th he gave teachings at Indiana University in Bloomington, and afterward paid a visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center which his late brother, Thubten Norbu, founded in 1979. During his visit at the center the Dalai Lama reminded the mainly Tibetan and Mongolian audience that as residents of the US they enjoy greater religious freedoms than those in their native countries. They should use this freedom, His Holiness continued, to not just practice their religion but study it. “Any Buddhist center should be a learning center, not just a place for some worship,” he told those in attendance. More »
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    Tibet's Angry Monk Paid Member

    Gendun Chopel (1903-1951), aka "the angry monk," is widely regarded as Tibet's greatest modern poet. Born into the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, at the age of 12 he nonetheless entered a Geluk monastery, where he excelled at his studies and mastered the art of ritualized debate so characteristic of the Geluk school. His modern sensibilities (he was, among other things, interested in Western science and hoped to pull Tibet into the 20th century), and charges of counterfeiting eventually put him at odds with the Geluk establishment and landed him in prison. He served a 3-year sentence and died 2 years after his release. More »