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  • Buddha Buzz: Joshu Sasaki Roshi Scandal Goes Viral (Kind of) Paid Member

    The news of the Joshu Sasaki Roshi and Rinzai-ji scandal has officially broken into the mainstream media. Joshu Roshi's decades-long pattern of sexually abusing his female students, and the Rinzai-ji association's long coverup of it, was first exposed on Adam Tebbe's site Sweeping Zen back in November—although by many accounts, it was an open secret in Zen circles for quite some time. More »
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    The Haiku Spirit Paid Member

    Stephen Addiss, PhD, is Professor of Art at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Author of The Art of Haiku, one of Tricycle’s picks for “Books in Brief” this issue, Addiss is a prolific scholar-artist who has been practicing Japanese calligraphy and ink painting for over 40 years. He is a true jack-of-all-trades—Addiss also studied music under the tutelage of John Cage and toured internationally for 16 years as part of the folk duo “Addiss & Crofut.” Tricycle’s Emma Varvaloucas spoke with him by phone last month about his recently published book and his thoughts on the “haiku spirit.”   More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of November 5 Paid Member

    As we all know, President Barack Obama was re-elected for another four years on Tuesday. Our commander-in-chief may not have changed, but the Senate and the House of Representatives did get shuffled around, making way for a whole host of firsts:   The first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin, a democrat from Wisconsin.       The first Hindu congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, a democrat from Hawaii. (She'll be taking her oath over the Bhagavad Gita.)     More »
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    Video Interview with Jonathan Watts of the International Buddhist Exchange Center Paid Member

    Even before the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown last year, Japan was a nation in crisis, writes Jonathan S. Watts in This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti- Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11 Japan, a Tricycle Fall 2012 "Books in Brief" book of choice. Watts has been a research fellow at the International Buddhist Exchange Center (IBEC) in Yokohama since 2006. He teaches contemporary Japanese Buddhism and social issues at Keio University. More »
  • Community News: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Annual Memorial Interfaith Gathering in NYC Paid Member

    For those living in or near New York City, there will be a Hiroshima and Nagasaki Annual Memorial Interfaith Gathering this Sunday to commemorate the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is being held in collaboration with Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope from Disaster (more info below). WHERE: Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York City  WHEN: Sunday, August 5th, 2012. All are welcome; a contribution of $10.00 is suggested. SCHEDULE: 4:00 Cathedral Evensong Service 5:00 Visit the Exhibitions Photography from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945 (supported by the Nagasaki Prefecture Government). More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Taiwan's First Gay Buddhist Wedding and Other Great News Paid Member

    July, it seems, is a very auspicious month for Tibetan Buddhists. Last Friday was the Dalai Lama's birthday, and tomorrow it's Pema Chodron's 76th. Happy Birthday, Pema! Although she is in retreat for the entirety of 2012, she's holding a virtual online retreat in honor of the occasion. If you register here (it's free), the Pema Chodron foundation will email you a pre-filmed video with advice, encouragement, and meditation instruction. In a culture in which a person expects to receive gifts on a birthday, not give them, many thanks to the Pema Chodron Foundation and, of course, Pema herself for their generosity. More »