Politics

  • The Need of the Hour: Religion's role in solving the world's critical problems Paid Member

    In the current issue of Tricycle, Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi argues that a new vision and scale of values are necessary measures for taking care of the world today. From "The Need of the Hour": More »
  • 20 Years, 20 Teachings: A Sangha by Another Name by Charles Johnson Paid Member

    If you haven't yet downloaded 20 Years, 20 Teachings: The Tricycle 20th Anniversary E-Book there's still time. It's free for Supporting and Sustaining Members. Already a member? Get your free e-book here. In his contribution to our 20th anniversary e-book, "A Sangha by Another Name," Charles Johnson writes about the religious vision of Martin Luther King Jr.: More »
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    Good news for two nuns Paid Member

    Regular readers of this blog will know that in recent weeks there have been two different episodes of injustice toward Buddhist nuns that have garnered public condemnation. We're happy to report that both matters look to be on the mend.DNAinfo recently reported that charges have been dropped against the Buddhist nun who was arrested after handing out prayer beads on Canal Street in New York City (authorities believed that she was selling the beads illegally, when she was giving them out freely while looking for donations for her burned down temple). More »
  • BuddhaFest: Fire Under the Snow starts today! Paid Member

    Fire Under the Snow tells the powerful story of Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959. He spent the next 33 years in prisons and labor camps for the "crimes" of peaceful demonstration and refusal to denounce his apolitical teacher as an Indian spy. While in prison, Palden Gyatso was tortured and forced to live in dehumanizing conditions. His courage and resilience, however, is a testament to the human spirit.Sign up for the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival, and watch Fire Under the Snow today.Watch an interview with Makoto Sasa, director and producer of Fire Under the Snow. Trailer: More »
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    Geronimo Paid Member

    Osama bin Laden's code name during the recent operation designed to kill him was "Geronimo." There is a history of cheeky code names that our elite forces use in their operations. President Obama's secret service code name, for example, is (or was) "Renegade." Fidel Castro was "AMTHUG" to the CIA during the various, often whimsical schemes to kill him. (AM was the code name for Cuba.) The list goes on. NPR reports that some Native American groups were offended by the use of Geronimo's name in connection with Osama bin Laden—or in connection with the operation in which he was killed—but in their respective times each occupied the role of boogeyman in the American imagination. Che Guevara is another figure who briefly filled this role. More »
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    Madame Nhu passes away Paid Member

    Madame Nhu has died. The sister-in-law of former South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem, Madame Nhu has been called many colorful and uncomplimentary epithets—"dragon lady," "an oriental Lucrezia Borgia"—because of the influence she wielded and the style with which she did it. (Somehow men being powerful or power-hungry is not so reprehensible.) Raised Buddhist, she converted to Catholicism when she married. Her exile was spent largely in Paris then Rome. She is survived by two sons and a daughter. Madame Nhu was famous for her colorful sayings, such as "Total power is totally wonderful," and, of the self-immolating monk Quang Duc, "If the Buddhists wish to have another barbecue, I will be glad to supply the gasoline and a match." More »