• Communicating with Harmony: Week 4 of Vishvapani's Retreat on Right Speech Paid Member

    Today begins the fourth and final installment of Vishvapani Blomfield's retreat on Right Speech. In "Communicating with Harmony," Vishvapani reflects on the importance of practicing speech that is conducive to harmony, and refraining from malicious, slanderous speech. With the election season upon us and the heated political discussion that that entails, bringing awareness to our communication takes on an even greater importance. Using our motivation as a touchstone, we should examine it repeatedly in order to communicate truthfully without engaging in unnecessarily divisive speech. If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can now watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Here's a preview: More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of October 8 Paid Member

    In the wake of last week's attack on Buddhist temples and homes in Bangladesh, various news sources have reported that between 100 and 300 people have been arrested. In Burma last Friday, Buddhist monks protested in front of the Bangladesh embassy in Rangoon, although judging by the photo below, the protest was not entirely focused on Muslim-Buddhist relations. More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of October 1 Paid Member

    It all started in a small phone repair shop in southeast Bangladesh last Saturday, when a Buddhist man in his twenties accidentally Facebook-tagged himself in a photo of a burned Koran. Others in the shop saw the photo, and the news spread around the Muslim community. By Sunday, a mob had gathered, converging on the Buddhist villages in the area of Cox's Bazar. Together they torched at least 10 Buddhist temples and burned and vandalized more than 100 Buddhist homes. The police had calmed the situation by dawn, but the damage had already been done. More »
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    The Torah of Nonviolence Paid Member

    Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is no stranger to controversy.  Dubbed the “Radical Rabbi” by some who view her peace work with Iran and Palestine to be anti-Israel, she most recently made headlines in the Jewish community when President Obama included her on his six hundred-strong list of rabbis who had signed on to support his campaign. As one of the first ten women to become a rabbi and the first woman ordained as a rabbi in the Jewish Renewal Movement, she has long been an advocate for Jewish feminism. In 1974 she founded a Jewish feminist theater troupe called Bat Kol (literally, “daughter of a voice”), and in 1995 authored the book She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Wolverines, Starbucks, and a Buddhist Statue from Outer Space Paid Member

    For someone whose job consists of (among other things, I swear) writing about the news every week, I don't like reading the news all that much. It's just too depressing. So forgive me while I indulge myself in something much more fun.Hey there, Hugh Jackman.The promotional posters for the next Wolverine movie have been released, with Jackman standing in front of what looks like a Buddhist temple (see, this had relevance after all). The movie is set in Japan, so now I'm wondering: is it going to have a Buddhist theme? We'll have to wait until next July to find out. More »
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    Who to Vote For? Paid Member

    With the upcoming election just around the corner, Sharon Salzberg, Vipassana teacher and frequent Tricycle contributor, shares her thoughts on the importance of voting in the Huffington Post in her piece "Who to Vote For?" Don't worry, she won't acually tell you who to vote for. As a spiritual leader, I knew I'd be busted if I told anyone who to vote for from the "pulpit," so to speak. And anyway, I don't think it's right to equate enlightenment, freedom or salvation with a particular candidate. That seems different to me than discussing values (like compassion) worldview (like interdependence) or ethics (like generosity)—and any real discussion, from my point of view, involves free thinking. Read the article in its entirety here. More »