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    Buddhism's crumbling past Paid Member

    Not to be an alarmist, but preserving Buddhism's past is an increasingly challenging endeavor. And while the truth of impermanence is fundamental to the Buddhist teachiings, no one said it's easy. Bamiyan was a heartbreaker, and recent news that the Chinese may blow up the ancient ruins of a newly discovered monastery in order to mine for copper raised another alarm. Now, an SOS to Unesco from Buddhist Art News: More »
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    Dennis Hunter, historical consciousness, and the speed of Buddhism's transition to the West Paid Member

    When we ask, “What shape will Buddhism take in the West?” most of us are bringing a historical consciousness to the question; we recognize that Buddhism has reinvented itself everywhere that it has gone in order to most effectively suit the unique spiritual needs of the new host culture. From this perspective Buddhism is not a fixed, static thing but more of a living organism. However, when we draw parallels between the way that Buddhism has historically established itself in new lands and its current transition to the West, we rarely account for the major differences in how information traveled in the past and how it travels now. More »
  • Right attitude Paid Member

    Shinno Yamasoba, 58, is the vice head priest at Daijyo-ji, an an 8th-century Shingon temple three hours outside Kyoto by train. In the Japan Times, he shares some monkish wisdom with Japanese TV reporter Judit Kawaguchiwho: "We'll know if the road was correct when we arrive," Yamasoba says, "That's how we Buddhists think. But since a monk's road is never straight, the trip is always fun. It really doesn't matter where I'm going." More »
  • Documentary about Western Tulkus to be screened tonight on CBC Paid Member

    It is quite the news day for the Mukpo family.   The morning began with reports on the birth of a princess, while tonight, Am I reincarnated? Tulku, a documentary by Gesar Mukpo, will be screened on the CBC, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster (at 10 pm ET/PT).  The film will also be shown on the big screen at the Boulder Theater in Colorado, on the 18th.  I have not personally seen the film but have heard very good things about it, and I strongly encourage anyone with access the CBC to tune in tonight. As reported by the CBC, More »
  • Buddhism and Conflict Resolution Paid Member

    As many of you know, Tricycle sends out a daily email called Daily Dharma, containing short teachings and links to longer articles from the Tricycle Archives.  A few months ago we received a very thoughtful response to a Daily Dharma from an author and security specialist named Michael Jaquish, which we published here on the blog, leading to a very interesting and dynamic discussion on Buddhism and Faith. We recently heard from Michael again, this time in the topic of conflict resolution, and I am once again very thankful to be able to share his thoughts with our readers.  We thank him for this contribution, and welcome all of our readers’ responses to Daily Dharma as well. Here is the Daily Dharma, The causes of any conflict lie in strong attachment to certain views, and More »