Politics

  • At last, an interview with Aqua Buddha Paid Member

    There's quite a bit of intrigue surrounding Aqua Buddha—a deity that Rand Paul, a GOP senate hopeful, forced a young woman to worship during a bizarre hazing ceremony that took place while Rand was a college student in the early 1980s. While many have focused on the kidnapping and drug portions of the story that first appeared in GQ, MSNBC news anchor Keith Olbermann was determined to find out more about who and what Aqua Buddha is. Olbermann was able to snag an exclusive interview with Aqua Buddha and recently sat down with the deity (via Skype, apparently Aqua Buddha couldn't make it to the MSNBC studio) to set the record straight. More »
  • Dalai Lama acknowledges independence movement growing stronger Paid Member

    The Dalai Lama has acknowledged that demands for outright independence for Tibet from China are growing stronger. The longer the situation remains unaddressed, he says, the likelier it is this trend will only continue, especially among young Tibetans. Sify News reports: Answering questions from his Chinese followers on Twitter, which he joined last month, the Dalai Lama said: "There are forces within our community such as the Tibetan Youth Congress who criticize our Middle Way policy and demand complete independence [for Tibet]. It seems their voices are growing stronger [these days]." More »
  • No Dalai Lama iPhone apps in China iTunes store Paid Member

    Looking for a Dalai Lama app in China? You're not going to find it. The Chinese government's obsessive aversion to the Dalai Lama, whom it considers a "splittist" and a “devil with a human face," has now hit iTunes stores: According to Wringer World, Apple has barred access to Dalai Lama apps in China: At least five iPhone apps related to the Dalai Lama are unavailable in the China store. Some of those apps — named Dalai Quotes, Dalai Lama Quotes and Dalai Lama Prayerwheel — display inspirational quotes from the Tibetan spiritual leader. Another, Paging Dalai Lama, tells users where he is currently teaching. A fifth app, Nobel Laureates, contains information about Nobel Prize winners including the Dalai Lama. More »
  • Bill McKibben on "The Moral Math of Climate Change" Paid Member

    Last week, Bill McKibben lit a fire up underneath us all by writing in no uncertain terms about climate change. If you didn’t catch it, read it now. If that leaves you wanting more Bill McKibben you can listen to him in “The Moral Math of Climate Change” on Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett (which is, in an effort to have a “more spacious container” for the show to grow into, changing its name to Krista Tippett on Being). More »
  • Buddhism and Conflict Resolution Paid Member

    As many of you know, Tricycle sends out a daily email called Daily Dharma, containing short teachings and links to longer articles from the Tricycle Archives.  A few months ago we received a very thoughtful response to a Daily Dharma from an author and security specialist named Michael Jaquish, which we published here on the blog, leading to a very interesting and dynamic discussion on Buddhism and Faith. We recently heard from Michael again, this time in the topic of conflict resolution, and I am once again very thankful to be able to share his thoughts with our readers.  We thank him for this contribution, and welcome all of our readers’ responses to Daily Dharma as well. Here is the Daily Dharma, The causes of any conflict lie in strong attachment to certain views, and More »