Tibetan Buddhism

  • Tibetan Buddhism in Modern Western Culture Paid Member

    This panel at the 2010 International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism was chaired by Gelek Rimpoche and features keynote speakers Sogyal Rinpoche and Dr. Robert Thurman. On the panel was Lama Surya Das, Marco Antonio Karam, Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, and Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown. Tibetan Buddhism in Modern Western Culture from Carol Beck on Vimeo. To watch the panel discussion on Tibetan Buddhism and Social Engagement, click here. More »
  • 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's Monastery Raided Paid Member

    UPDATE: We have received plenty of emails objecting to the source that suggested "other Tibetan factions" may be "fanning" the story. This is entirely unsubstantiated and pure speculation. There is no reason for us to believe this is true and we regret including the quote that suggested otherwise. Indian police raided the monastery of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa, on Friday, seizing large amounts of cash—donations from followers that have been saved over the years.  According to one source, "the Indian media has been incredibly irresponsible, suggesting that the Karmapa is a Chinese spy, etc.  These stories are probably being fanned by other Tibetan factions."We are keeping an eye on the situation and ask that anyone with any particular insight into what's going on share their knowledge here or to email info@tricycle.com. Thank you, Monty McKeever More »
  • Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk, visits Tricycle Paid Member

    Losang Samten, a Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk, braved the snow and cold to visit the Tricycle office today. Samten--who was born in Tibet but fled to India after the Chinese took control in 1959--is spiritual director of Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia; Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut ; and Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso,Texas. In addition to serving as spiritual director, Samten is an accomplished sand painter. In 1988, Samten came to the US as instructed by the Dalai Lama, to demonstrate the meditative art of sand painting (see two of his sand mandalas below). This was the first time a Tibetan mandala was shown in the west. Since then, he has created sand mandalas for museums and universities across the country. More »
  • You are not alone in facing death Paid Member

    For a Tibetan Buddhist approach to preparing for death, join us at the Tricycle Book Club where we are discussing Anyen Rinpoche's new book Dying with Confidence. The conversation is being facilitated by Allison Graboski, the translator of the book, and Eileen Cahoon, the editor. From Dying with Confidence: More »
  • Nice art, troubled history: Dorje Shugden Paid Member

    Issues around the worship of the Tibetan deity Dorje Shugden have been the source of much conflict ever since the deity and its associated practices were adopted by the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. But it was not the Gelugs who inducted the deity into the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. In fact, it was only in the early 20th century that Gelugs adopted practices linked to Dorje Shugden. Previously, such practices were primarily associated with the Sakya sect. More »
  • Dying with Confidence at the Tricycle Book Club Paid Member

    How should we prepare to die? Many of us don’t know where to begin when it comes to death. It scares us. We understand so many things and death remains a great mystery. In some ways, of course, death will always be a mystery—how could anybody ever really know? However, it should also be said that, due to our steadfast refusal to talk about it, death is more mysterious than it has to be. At the Tricycle office we sometimes make jokes about how our readers’ least favorite tweets and blog posts are those that mention death. Why can’t we talk about this? Even though we joke, this is quite serious. Without a deep awareness of death how can one be truly confident about living?   More »