• The International Buddhist Flag Paid Member

    Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Buddhist International Flag, which was designed by the Colombo Committee in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Members of the committee, including the Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera and Don Carolis Hewavitharana, both pioneers of the Buddhist revival movement in Sri Lanka, wanted to choose a design that represented the unity and underlying faith of the international Buddhist community. More »
  • China plans world's largest dam on Tibet's last great undammed river Paid Member

    Chinese engineers recently proposed a plan for the world's largest hydroelectric dam on the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, considered Tibet's last great undammed river. Tibet's river systems water much of China itself, as well as south and southeast Asia, and India has raised concerns that Beijing will try and divert water away from south Asia, but this concern is probably far-fetched. More »
  • Violent Conflict in Bangkok Updates Paid Member

    I was very concerned to see a dear friend of mine post this status update on his facebook page from Bangkok yesterday, listening to the gunfight at the Malaysia Hotel 100 meters away. One guy shot dead according to the word on the street. Explosions and gunfire outside my window all night. The war has spread to my front door. Motorcycle red shirts are amassed right outside my building, checking cars for hostile forces, controlling the supply routes. Now I understand why Iraq is the number one per capita consumer of valium. a friend of his responds, Take care dude. I must say I find the whole situation puzzling. The minority can't seem to accept their guy's not in power. I know it's more complicated than that, but isn't that what it comes down to? my friend replies, More »
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    D. T. Suzuki and the Fog of World War II Paid Member

    In the summer of 1998, Tricycle covered Brian Victoria’s Zen at War, an indictment of the Japanese Zen community’s complicity in Japanese imperialism during the 1930s and 1940s. Among those he harshly criticized was D. T. Suzuki, arguably the most influential figure in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West. Scholar and Shin Buddhist priest Kemmyo Taira Sato, writing for the Eastern Buddhist, a journal founded by Suzuki in 1929, recently offered a belated though well-considered rebuttal to Victoria’s accusations. Here, poet Gary Snyder and Nelson Foster, two of the pioneers of engaged Buddhism in the West, present and comment on Sato’s arguments. Sato’s article is available at tricycle.com/sato. More »
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    Tibetan writer Zhogs Dung held for organizing quake donations Paid Member

    The Times Online reports on the detainment of Zhogs Dung, a leading Tibetan intellectual, for his efforts to raise money for victims of this month's earthquake: Tra Gyal, better known by his penname of Zhogs Dung, was detained at 5.30pm on Friday in Xining, capital of the western province of Qinghai where the April 14 tremor killed more than 2,000 people, Tibetan sources said. Half a dozen police picked him up from his office at the Qinghai Nationalities Publishing House, took him to his home and carried out a meticulous search of his study, taking him away at about 10.00pm. The officers returned in the early hours of the morning and removed two computers, written documents and pictures and came back again at about 3.30am to show the writer’s wife a formal arrest warrant for her husband. Tra Gyal – both first names – who is aged about 45, has gained renown as Tibet’s More »
  • Joan Oliver interviews Bernie Glassman on the Symposium for Socially Engaged Buddhism Paid Member

    From August 9th to 14th, 2010, the Zen Peacemakers will be hosting “The First Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism”, in Montague, MA.  It will be a gathering of leading Western activist practitioners, sponsors, and academics in this ever-important and growing field. Throughout the coming months, we at Tricycle will be posting a series of video interviews with prominent figures from the world of Socially Engaged Buddhism, beginning with this one with Bernie Glassman, who is a pioneer of the movement, founder of the Zen Peacemaker order, and co-organizer of the symposium. More »