Random Notes

  • Notes from the Gulf: The BP Spill Paid Member

    The suffering caused by the BP oil spill in the gulf has been on all of our minds. When the Tricycle staff first gathered to discuss the environmental disaster back in April we couldn't have imagined that three months later oil would still be pouring out of the earth, covering the ocean with a pervasive sheen. Though it is easy to feel helpless in the face of such massive devastation, it's important for all of us to remember that there are actions we can take to support those affected by the spill. In the upcoming "Good Work" section of the August issue, Tricycle will feature a special section devoted to relief organizations in the gulf and in "On Gardening" Wendy Johnson reflects on the tragedy of the spill and the source of our attraction to the deep abyss of the ocean. More »
  • Happy Bloomsday! Paid Member

    All of the narrative action in James Joyce's monsterpiece of a novel Ulysses takes place on a single day—June 16, 1904—to commemorate the day that Joyce met his wife, Nora Barnacle. Today, fans of the book celebrate that date as Bloomsday. More »
  • Blogwatch: Musings Paid Member

    I recommend checking out Musings by author, teacher, translator—and blogger—Ken McLeod.  An excellent teacher, McLeod does just this in the vast majority of his blog: He teaches.  Through simple practice tips and personal reflections, McLeod strikes an impressive balance between simplicity and depth which makes his blogs both instantly accessible as well as very useful.  It is very practice-oriented and can serve as a great online resource for any regular meditator with an internet connection. More »
  • Stupa near Albuquerque safe for now Paid Member

    There has been some buzz around the Buddho-blogosphere the past few days about the U.S. National Park Service planning to bulldoze a small Tibetan stupa near Albuquerque, NM. It was never clear how much truth there was to this assertion, as there didn’t appear to be any word from the NPS itself. But, no matter, Kyle Lovett of The Reformed Buddhist blog reports today that he spoke with a NPS Ranger from the Petroglyph National Park visitor center who said that the NPS will not be removing the stupa now or any time in the foreseeable future. Thanks for getting to the bottom of this, Kyle! More »
  • Saving the world one punk badge at a time Paid Member

    A little grassroots non-profit art project named BuddhaBadges was recently brought to my attention by John of the blog ZenDirtZenDust.  Wonderful in its simplicity and with some solid artistic design behind it, Buddhabadges sells one-inch Buddhist punk badges over the web for a dollar a piece to help raise money for a rotating roster of respectable charities.   Ninety percent of their sales are donated, with the remaining ten percent going towards materials to make more badges. More »