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  • Tradition Transformed Paid Member

    Contemporary Tibetan art has finally come to New York City. The Rubin Museum is currently hosting "Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond," the first ever exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art in NYC. From the Rubin: The exhibition began with an invitation: the nine artists were asked to submit new and recent works that served as the show's formative voice and inspired the curatorial response. Specific works by the same artists were then selected from New York private collections in order to complement the new pieces and highlight each artist's range. More »
  • Coming Soon to the Tricycle Community: A Discussion on the Poems of "the angry monk," Gendun Chopel Paid Member

    Join us at the Tricycle Community Poetry Club from July 26th through August 2nd for a discussion with Professor Donald S. Lopez Jr., the translator and editor of In the Forest of Faded Wisdom: 104 Poems by Gendun Chopel. A highly regarded modern Tibetan poet, Gendun Chopel is also known as "the angry monk." Here is Lopez's commentary on poem number 33. The poem itself is below: More »
  • Trust With an Open Heart Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma, When we trust with our open heart, whatever occurs, “at that very moment that it occurs,” can be perceived as fresh and unstained by the clouds of hope and fear. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche used the phrase “first thought, best thought” to refer to that first moment of fresh perception, before the colorful and coloring clouds of judgment and personal interpretation take over. “First thought” is “best thought” because it has not yet got covered over by all our opinions and interpretations, our hopes and fears, our likes and dislikes. It is direct perception of the world as it is. -Jeremy Hayward "First Thought" (Spring 1995) Read the complete article here. More »
  • Hey Gibson, go meditate! Paid Member

    David Brooks’ column in today’s New York Times, “The Gospel of Mel Gibson,” uses Gibson as an example to highlight the pervasiveness of narcissism in our culture today. Towards the end of his piece he cites recent studies that show that self-love is on the rise. And the sad fact is that Gibson is not alone. There can’t be many people at once who live in a celebrity environment so perfectly designed to inflate self-love. Even so, a surprising number of people share the trait. A study conducted at the National Institutes of Health suggested that 6.2 percent of Americans had suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, along with 9.4 percent of people in their 20s. My thoughts? More »
  • Listen to Japanese Buddhist temple bells Paid Member

    Each week BBC features a half-hour audio program entitled "Heart and Soul" that explores spirituality in different parts of the world. This week's installment is Japan's Buddhist temple bells. From BBC: This week's Heart and Soul captures the physical and symbolic power of these bells, and they are awesome, some weighing more than 30 tons. They are struck on the side by a suspended tree trunk, swung by teams of up to 20 monks. Some are ancient - one bell featured was cast in the year 752. ... The head priest of Rengein Monastery, whose bell can be heard 30 miles away, reveals their spiritual meaning and the impact they have on people. More »