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  • The man who would be king Paid Member

    What does the 17-year-old descendant of Tibetan royalty do during a visit to New York? In "The King and Us," New York Times journalist Dorothy Spears recounts her experience hosting Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen—the descendant of three ruling monarchs of Tibet—at her Manhattan home. More »
  • Dudeism=Buddhism? Paid Member

    What is Dudeism? According to dudeism.com, a website dedicated to deploying the wisdom of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) from the comedy The Big Lebowski, Dudeism is a religion with the following creed: The idea is this: Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man. Stop worrying so much whether you’ll make it into the finals. Kick back with some friends and some oat soda and whether you roll strikes or gutters, do your best to be true to yourself and others – that is to say, abide. In short, Dudeism is not Buddhism. More »
  • Watch: Glimpses of the Drupchen Paid Member

    A short impression of one of the three drupchens at Shechen Monastery that Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche leads each year, via the Mangala Shri Bhuti youtube channel: More »
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    A Buddhist Wedding for Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr? Paid Member

    Will longtime Buddhist Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, a follower of "Japanese Buddhism," have a Buddhist wedding? (Bloom is sometimes linked with Soka Gakkai in the press.) Beyond sharing love, the two are also both Buddhists. Orlando is a long time Buddhist and in February 2008, Miranda told People, which first reported news of the engagement, that she practiced “Japanese Buddhism.” “At the heart of it all, it’s about practicing peace,” she said. More »
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    Guess Who's Buddhist? Rob Schneider! Paid Member

    You may know him as the goofy sidekick in Adam Sandler's movies, or as the star of lowbrow comedies like "The Animal" and "Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo," but when it comes to his Buddhist practice, Schneider isn't joking. In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle Schneider spoke about being a Zen practitioner and the middle way: For 13 years I've been into Zen Buddhism; I only understood it a few weeks ago," says Rob Schneider. "The idea is simple: 'Nirvana,' from the Sanskrit, just means 'breathe out.' You get to a place in your life where you go (sighing with great pleasure) 'Aaaahhhh.' More »
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    Open Focus with Philippe Petite, Man on Wire Paid Member

    On Monday night, a few of us from Tricycle headed over to the Rubin Museum to attend an interview with high wire walker Philippe Petit, conducted by photographer Tom Wool. Wool's photographs of Tibet's Rongbuk Valley are being shown at the Rubin in an exhibit entitled "In the Shadow of Everest." The photos are breathtaking portraits of a remote part of the world---portraits of young school boys, Buddhist nuns and monks meditating, and the contents of his guide's pocket which included a half-dozen photos of the Dalai Lama, an image forbidden in the area. More »