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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 »
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    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 »
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    Kagyu Monlam Chenmo; Sri Lankan editor killed Paid Member

    Barbara O'Brien has a post on the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo underway in Bodh Gaya, the patch of earth in India where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. The 17th Karmapa presides. (Recall that there is something of a Karmapa controversy.) The festival runs from January 4th to 11th: More »
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    American Dreaming; Lama Zopa Rinpoche Paid Member

    In a recent column in The Nation, Patricia Williams comments on the front page of the December 8th New York Times, which features a photograph of Detroit churchgoers praying to three gleaming white SUVs in hopes that the auto industry might be saved. While these parishioners undoubtedly provoked haughty disbelief over no small number of breakfasts—a delighted bit of disdain at such base veneration for a "once-golden, now dried-up cash cow," as Williams puts it—what does it say of the Times and the national appetite that the piece made for headline news? Following an election played out on CNN by Joe the Plumber and "the black vote," as Wolf Blitzer would have it, it's important that we pay skeptical attention to the ways we personify the economic crisis. More »
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    Right Livelihood Award laureates announced; Amy Goodman among them Paid Member

    The Nobel Prize, for all the much-deserved attention it draws to innovative and important people (HH The Dalai Lama among them), has attracted criticism for its selection process—individuals are chosen by predetermined panels, ruling out less-famous potential candidates. In 1980, Jakob von Uexkull founded the Right Livelihood Award, which has come to be known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." Unlike the Nobel, the award accepts nominations from anybody. This year's recipients were just announced, and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is one of them. She interviewed two of the other three recipients on yesterday's show. Check out the Right Livelihood website to read more about Goodman and the other three laureates. More »