Politics

  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist History in Danger Paid Member

    Sad news from the Maldives this week, an islands-nation that lies southwest of India. The Maldives, though now strictly Islamic, was Buddhist until the 12th century. In recent political turmoil, during which the first democratically elected president in the country's history resigned (he says he was forced to), six men entered the National Museum and smashed almost 30 Buddhist statues, some of which were over 1,500 years old. A New York Times article reports on the loss:   More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Burma, Uganda, and a Rare Genetic Mutation Unleashed Paid Member

    A few weeks ago on the Tricycle blog we featured the guest post Burma in 2012: A Political Report Card, by Deborah Weinberg. The post spoke of freedom, hope, and progressiveness, but Weinberg expressed enough skepticism of Burma's government to end with the line, "We’ll find out in the coming months if the progress is real and a genuine road to freedom."  It was cheering, then, to read this piece of news from yesterday: Monastic Council Restores Status of Released Monks. From the article: The official body that governs Buddhist monastic affairs in Burma has restored the status of three monks who were released from prison last month after serving more than four years behind bars for their involvement in the 2007 Saffron Revolution. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Religious Freedom, Swastikas, and the Giving High Paid Member

    We're starting off this week's Buddha Buzz with a pretty clear example of religious intolerance in Hudson, Wisconsin. Don Chering, a Buddhist, put up an American flag and a string of Tibetan prayer flags on the day that his son left for U.S. Army basic training. The flags stretch across the front of his house and over his garage door. Soon, his landlady contacted him with an order from the Homeowners Association in charge of the housing complex where Chering lives to remove the flags (it's unclear as of yet if they are requesting that the American flag be removed as well).  More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Bartending Monks and Hungary's New Constitution Paid Member

    On January 1, Hungary's new constitution was passed—one that many say removes a system of checks and balances on the central government and also endangers constitutional rights.  One of these violations of constitutional rights was a withdrawal of official recognition for over 300 religious denominations that exist in Hungary. In fact, only 14 organizations—3 Jewish and the rest Christian—were granted official status (you can read the full list here, on page 17). This means that all other religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many other Jewish and Christian denominations have lost their tax exemptions and state subsidies.  More »
  • Starting Points Paid Member

    This essay, "Starting Points," by Tricycle's Features Editor Andrew Cooper, first appeared in Turning Wheel in 1993. Cooper uses the two-year anniversary of the beating of Rodney King as his own starting point to explore the birthplaces of racism and how to approach the predominant whiteness of American Buddhist communities. "Starting Points" reminds us of the first question that we must ask ourselves in the process of making our sanghas more inclusive: Where do we start? Though the essay is almost two decades old, it's a question that in many ways, we're still asking. More »
  • Occupy the Moment: A 99¢ Book for the 99% Paid Member

    Rick Heller, editor of the online magazine The New Humanism, self-identified secular Buddhist, and Occupy Boston activist, recently released the eBook, Occupy the Moment: A Mindful Path to a New Economy. It combines Buddhist teachings with neuroscience to frame a discussion of mindful activism and the Occupy movement. Heller specifically focuses on the three poisons—greed, hatred, and delusion—and how an understanding of all of them, and in particular, greed, can shape how we go about changing society for the better. From Occupy the Moment's introduction: More »