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    In Vesak Message, Vatican Praises Buddhism Paid Member

    Buddhism and Christianity share a respect for poverty, the Vatican says in a Vesak message to the world's Buddhists. There are two kinds of poverty, according to the Vatican: While very different, there are two types of poverty, the message said. One is a poverty that can be chosen in the form of emptying oneself in order to listen to and be more open to God and other people, the message said. The other kind of poverty is a material deprivation that "prevents people and families from living as befits their dignity," it said. The Vatican also praised Buddhism's nonattachemnt, contentment, and anti-consumerism in this materialistic world. But the Dalai Lama is sill not invited to meet Benedict XV!. More »
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    The Unwinking Gaze Paid Member

    Check out the trailer for The Unwinking Gaze, a film from English director and producer Joshua Dugdale that examines the Dali Lama's role in the geopolitics of China and Tibet. From the film's website: The Unkwinking Gaze was filmed over a period of three years with exceptional access showing the daily agonies of the Tibetan leader as he tries to strike a balance between his Buddhist vows and the realpolitik needed to placate China. The film includes original interview footage and can be purchased here. More »
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    Tibetan New Year cancellations; London arrests Paid Member

    Students for a Free Tibet reports that Tibetan exile groups worldwide will cancel celebrations for Tibetan New Year, or Losar, which falls this year on February 25th, in homage to the 200+ Tibetans killed in last year's demonstrations against the Chinese government. Meanwhile, several protestors were arrested in London today after hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Chinese embassy to protest a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. More »
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    Dalai Lama to fund 'Neuroscience of Compassion' Paid Member

    Frequent Tricycle contributor Allan Hunt Badiner points us to this article on the Dalai Lama's latest: The Dalai Lama is teaming up with Stanford University and a multi-millionaire professor to launch a new research centre dedicated to compassion and altruism. "His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, provided $150,000 in seed money for the center -- the largest sum he has ever given for a scientific venture -- and has agreed to return to Stanford for a future visit," reads a Stanford press release. ... It seems the centre's goals involve not only investigating how the brain deals with compassion and altruism, but also leveraging those findings to improve people's lives. More »
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    Now THIS is the change we were waiting for Paid Member

    Shutting down Guantanamo and other black sites: President Obama is expected to sign executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said. More »
  • O'Bama Paid Member

    When the CNN live feed failed us at 11:30, the Tricycle staff headed around the corner to the Emerald Pub. As Bono says, add an apostrophe and he's Irish, too, so we thought it made sense. We packed in with just about everyone else in the neighborhood, whose mood I can only describe as jubilant. Picture of the day? Tricycle contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky points us to this from his pal Jay Babcock's online magazine Arthur. More »