Interview

  • Watch: Interview with the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje Paid Member

    About a year ago, Tricycle interviewed Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. (Editor's Note: There are actually two claimants to the Karmapa's seat, read more about the controversy here.) This was long before we knew that he would be the subject of Bodhisattva, one of the films now playing at the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. In the interview the Karmapa discussed his work as a poet and artists, spiritual bypassing, his environmental concerns, and his daily life in India. It's the perfect introduction to the star of Mark Elliot's Bodhisattva: The Journey of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Watch the interview below and then BuddhaFest Pass holders can watch the film here. More »
  • Tricycle Talk: Congressman Tim Ryan stumps for mindfulness in Washington, DC and beyond Paid Member

    The 2012 Presidential election is the most fractious in memory—just another example of the partisan rancor ruling national politics today. (“Washington is broken,” stated Republican senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, a noted moderate, as she announced her decision not to run for a fourth term.) Contributing to the problem, insiders suggest, is that bipartisan socializing—a Washington tradition—has all but ceased, as pols spend their free time drumming up support back in their home districts. But if Congressman Tim Ryan, a five-term Democrat from Ohio, has anything to say about it, cultivating mindfulness not only can help us reconnect with our kindness and compassion individually and collectively but also could trickle up and help Congress reconnect, leading to more cooperation at the top. More »
  • Tricycle Talk: Mark Verkerk, director of Buddha's Lost Children Paid Member

    Last week I spoke with Mark Verkerk, the Dutch filmmaker and the director of Buddha's Lost Children, this week's BuddhaFest film (you can read about the film and watch the trailer here). Mark shot Buddha's Lost Children over the course of a year in the remote regions of Thailand. The documentary, released in 2006, won many awards, including Best Spiritual Film in the European Spiritual Film Fest, the City of Rome Prize, and the Grand Jury Prize AFI in Los Angeles. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: To Hell in a Handbasket Paid Member

    I suppose it was only a matter of time until the news of Ian Thorson's death and the circumstances surrounding it were picked up by mainstream media. It's the sort of story that editors love, engrossing in both its tragedy and its bizarreness. After being broken by Elephant Journal, the story appeared on the Huffington Post Weird News blog in late May. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Alan Swyer, Director of Spiritual Revolution Paid Member

    The second feature in this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is Alan Swyer's Spiritual Revolution, an interview bonanza with spiritual leaders, scientists, psychotherapists, and scholars. This means new, original content from many familiar Tricycle faces: Bob Thurman, Jack Kornfield, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shinzen Young, and John Makransky, not to mention a host of other spiritually-oriented and fascinating people. Speaking about the convergence of Eastern traditions and Western culture, these people—and their ideas—form the backbone of the spiritual revolution sweeping through the West. More »
  • Chinese Mining Company Might Destroy Ancient Buddhist Ruins in Mes Aynak Paid Member

    More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists established a sprawling monastery complex in the barren desert just 25 miles southeast of present-day Kabul, Afghanistan, attracted to the remote location because of its rich copper deposits. Mes Aynak, the once vibrant home to hundreds of Buddha statues and Bronze Age treasures, fell into ruin for centuries.The former spiritual center rose again to prevalence thousands of years later when the disregarded ruins became an Al-Qaeda training ground, playing host to high-ranking members of the terrorist organization beginning in 1999. Eight years later, in 2007, the red-brown metal that first caught the Buddhists’ eyes brought an international giant onto the scene. More »