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    Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Charts Paid Member

    Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. This week Jeff explores different types of Himalayan Buddhist charts. Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Charts More »
  • Help Buddhist Global Relief Win Millions to Combat World Hunger Paid Member

    Our friends over at Buddhist Global Relief, an all-volunteer organization started by students of Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi that is dedicated to combating chronic hunger and malnutrition, have a lot coming up in the next couple of months. (You can learn more about Buddhist Global Relief by visiting their website here or reading about them in Tricycle here.) Primarily, it's time to sign up for one of Buddhist Global Relief's Walks of Compassion, which raise money for programs that aim to alleviate hunger in the modern world. Here's the schedule: More »
  • DNA Sutra Paid Member

    In the Summer edition of Tricycle, Richard Eskow explores the relationship between genetics and identity in "DNA Sutra: The Genetic Karma of Our Inherited Selves." Moved to action by the possibility that his health is failing, the author sends his DNA away for testing to see what's written in his genes—the scientific "blueprint" of his self. To study the self is to know the self, said Dogen. Our genome is like an ancient sutra. Like a sutra, the genome carries a series of brief coded instructions from the past. Genes guide our growth and bear programmed instructions. To learn more about mine, I laboriously filled a vial with spit and mailed it to a company called 23andMe. Then I waited. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: A Dog is a Pig is a Bear is a Boy Paid Member

    We're tackling the big issues in Buddha Buzz today: capitalism, vegetarianism, and Buddhist business.  In an article reminiscent of Tricycle's own "Occupy Buddhism: Or Why the Dalai Lama is a Marxist", GOOD magazine's Kira Goldenberg examines Western yoga's relationship to capitalism in "Bad Karma: Can Yoga and Capitalism Get Along?" The short answer to the title is no—not really—if you care about keeping the tenets of yoga intact. Goldenberg begins the piece, More »
  • Occupy Sravasti Paid Member

    This guest blog post comes our way from Joshua Eaton, an editor, writer and translator. Eaton holds an M Div in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University. His most recent piece for tricycle.com is "Making Buddhism accessible to working-class people." Occupy Sravasti: How Buddhism Inspires Me to Occupy By Joshua Eaton More »
  • Mindful Eating: You Saw It Here First Paid Member

    Mindful eating has hit the New York Times! One of our sharp-eyed editors spied this article yesterday in the Dining and Wine section of the Gray Lady: "Mindful Eating as Food for Thought." In it, Jeff Gordinier writes about his visit to the Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, N.Y., where he participated in a silent, vegan, mindfully-eaten lunch, something he found to be "captivating and mysterious." (Afterward, he tweeted, "& yeah I tried this mindful eating thing @ the monastery. Very cool. But not easy. Even putting my fork down was hard!") But it's not just the New York Times who has trumpeted mindful eating. As Gordinier says in the article, More »