Tibetan Buddhism

  • Michael Imperioli's Exploration of the Hungry Ghost Realm Paid Member

    The Hungry Ghosts, the directorial debut from veteran actor and writer Michael Imperioli, opened last Friday here in New York.  Best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's mafia drama the Sopranos and now on the cast of ABC's Detroit 187, Imperioli is a student of the highly regarded Nyingma lama Namkha Rinpoche, and as he discussed in his Winter '09 Tricycle interview, he finds that his mindfulness practice and work as an actor employ many similar skills and disciplines.  With a title like The Hungry Ghosts (a reference to one of the six realms within Tibetan cosmology), it seems More »
  • Beautiful rare photos show Tibet 100 years ago Paid Member

    London's Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers is currently auctioning rare photographs taken over 100 years ago in Tibet. The pictures were photographed by British officer John Claude White during a military mission to Tibet in 1903-1904. From NPR: More »
  • Ride the waves that rise and fall Paid Member

    Here's a bit of wisdom from Venerable Lama Losang Samten's new book Ancient Teachings in Modern Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century (which recently had a launch party at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg): Even though our reality is changing moment by moment, our human habits, thoughts and desires feel so real and lasting. But the idea that anything is permanent is just an illusion. Although things may feel permanent, if we look at the example of the universe, we can see that everything changes. One of the four seals presented by the Buddha states: "All assembled phenomena are impermanent." Anything that has a beginning has an end; and the end is a result of the beginning. We are all living in samsara, which means 'cyclic existence.' As human beings, we all journey through the stages of birth, aging, illness, and death. And our life journey is like riding the waves. I would also like to mention that it is important to accept reality. For example, when our life is going well it feels like we have more friends and people offering to help. Unfortunately, when the wave starts to crash, many of these friends may disappear and the offers of help may be more difficult to find. Interestingly, when things are going well we tend to forget about spirituality. Then when the wave crashes, we suddenly begin to search for meaning and guidance, and we look again to spirituality. For example, one of my friends, was making a lot of money in the stock market and it looked like he had forgotten about spirituality. I would call him, and he would not answer. Then he lost a lot of money in the stock market, and he begun to call every day asking spiritual questions about impermanence and meditation. Although this is a common experience, spiritual practice is something that should be done daily, regardless of whether the waves are rising or falling. More »
  • The 2010 International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism Paid Member

    The International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism will be held from October 18-20, in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the Dalai Lama's upcoming visit to Emory University. Among the many prestigious participants will be Gelek Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Glenn Mullin, Lama Surya Das, Robert Thurman, John Makransky, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Judith Simmer-Brown, Fleet Maull, Ganden Tri Rizong Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dr. Sarah Harding, and many others.  Click here to learn more or here to purchase tickets. via emory.edu, More »
  • The New Yorker Profiles The Dalai Lama Paid Member

    The current issue of The New Yorker features a lengthy profile of the Dalai Lama entitled "The Next Incarnation," written by Evan Osnos. After listening to a podcast with Osnos in which he talks about the piece and what it was like to meet the Dalai Lama, I had to go out and find a copy of the magazine so that I could read it (the online article is available only to subscribers). It's a solid profile overall and it concisely describes the Dalai Lama's current relationship with China. Osnos also does a good job of painting a picture of what Tibet looks like today. More »