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  • 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 »
  • Tricycle Talk: Victress Hitchcock, Director of Blessings Paid Member

    This year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival opens and closes with films by director Victress Hitchcock. The festival opener, Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet, is about a group of Western women who go to visit a group of nuns in Eastern Tibet who study under Tsoknyi Rinpoche. It's about the interactions between these two groups of women, the connections they make, and how they find ways to bridge the geographical and cultural gaps between them. It takes a hard look at the male dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet. It shows how these nuns—over 3,000 of them—are flourishing in over 35 nunneries. In short, it's an awesome and serious film. And, if you need another reason to watch, it's narrated by Richard Gere.  More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Artist Mike Giant Paid Member

    Our Tricycle Talk today is with legendary fine art, tattoo, and graffiti artist Mike Giant, half of the team behind clothing brand Rebel8 and the current Tricycle issue's featured Buddhist in This Buddhist Life. I had over an hour long conversation with Giant for This Buddhist Life, but as it tends to happen, it was cut to the six-question interview you may or may not have already read (if you haven't, it's here). Needless to say, there was a whole lot of Giant that wasn't captured in the magazine, not to mention his artwork. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with UPenn Professor Justin McDaniel Paid Member

    Today's Tricycle Talk is with Justin McDaniel, a Religious Studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Buddhist monk who identifies as both a Buddhist and a Catholic, he's got a Buddhist-related academic background of champions: a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, also from Harvard. More »
  • The Most Organized Man in America Paid Member

    As promised in last week's Tricycle Talk with Andrew Mellen, today we have for you a video teaching with the most organized man in America. Think the state of your living space isn't connected to your Buddhist practice? Think again. Watch Mellen work his magic on my desk below—and see me cower under the principles of the organizational triangle. The video is full of advice on how to approach cleaning your own living space, so best of luck in your own organizational endeavors! I'm happy to report that in the two weeks since my desk got organized that it is still...almost as clean. (What can I say? Like spiritual practice, staying organized requires both diligence and the formation of new habits. And that doesn't happen all at once, you know!) We hope you enjoy watching, and let us know if you'd like to see more Tricycle videos! More »
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    Practice for Young American Buddhists Paid Member

    This is part three of a three-part guest blog series by Charles Prebish, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and Utah State University. In the current issue of Tricycle, Prebish is interviewed by Linda Heuman (read "Pursuing an American Buddhism" here), but they had so many topics to cover in such a short time that there were many items Prebish would have liked to discuss more fully. Last week we featured "Scholar-Practitioners in American Buddhism." Join the discussion of this blog post, and the two others, on the interview page. More »