Tibetan Buddhism

  • The Magic Life of Milarepa Paid Member

    A few weeks ago I was looking through the first issue of Tricycle and I came across a mention of The Magic Life of Milarepa, a comic book about the great 11th century Tibetan saint illustrated and written by Dutch artist Eva Van Dam.  *For quick links to further reading on Milarepa, see his Himalayan Art Resources or Wikipedia pages. More »
  • The Dalai Lama beats out Barack Obama and Lady Gaga on Forbes's list of "most influential Twitter celebrities" Paid Member

    What do the Dalai Lama and Rick Warren, the megachurch evangelist, have in common? They are the only religious leaders to make Forbes's "Top 20 Most Influential Twitter Celebrities." The Dalai Lama--whose office set up a Twitter account in February--ranked #5, beating the likes of President Obama, singer Lady Gaga, and comedian Conan O'Brien—who all placed lower on the list. To generate the top 20 list, Forbes hired the research firm Klout to help determine the influence of Twitter celebs. From Forbes: More »
  • A visit from Lama Jhampa Thaye Paid Member

    We were very pleased today to receive a visit from the scholar and meditation teacher Lama Jampa Thaye, who was trained in both the Sakya and Kagyu lineages and authorized as a lama by his two masters, Karma Thinley Rinpoche and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He was accompanied by his daughter who is a relatively new New York resident. The lama himself lives in London (though his busy teaching schedule takes him all over the world.) His most recent book is Rain of Clarity—available here. More »
  • Fearless Surmang Paid Member

    When you are frightened by something, you have to relate with fear, explore why you are frightened, and develop some sense of conviction. You can actually look at fear. Then fear ceases to be the dominant situation that is going to defeat you.  Fear can be conquered. You can be free from fear if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear, and therefore, you can attain what is known as fearlessness. But that requires that, when you see fear, you smile. -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche The word Surmang both refers to a region of eastern Tibet as well as a group of monasteries of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism within that region. The traditional seat of the Trungpa tulkus, Surmang has been the home of countless dedicated practitioners and advanced Vajrayana masters. More »
  • Hell Realms (Best of) Paid Member

    Move over, Dante. The cruel, gratuitously layered tortures of the Narakas, or "hell realms," rival those of any Abrahamic tradition. Unlike the latter, though, those Buddhist hells don't last for an eternity—some only have durations of billions of years. Phew. —Eds.The Intense Heating HellThe beings in this hell are trapped inside blazing metal houses, and Yama's henchmen impale them through the heels and the anus with tridents of red-hot iron, until the prongs push out through the shoulders and the crown of the head. At the same time their bodies are wrapped in sheets of blazing metal.The Heating Hell More »
  • Fleet's in town! Paid Member

    No, we don't mean the Navy... We were very lucky to have Fleet Maull, Zen Peacemaker and founder of the Prison Dharma Network, pay a visit to the Tricycle offices today.  Among other things, we discussed Tricycle's ongoing collaboration with PDN, charnel ground meditation, his Bearing Witness Retreats to Rwanda, and the possibility of him leading a Tricycle Retreat on Engaged Buddhism this summer. Fleet is a superb meditation instructor and is very familiar with teaching in the online arena, so we'll be very excited to see him on our site as a retreat leader soon! (He had just come from the local Starbucks, where they write customers' names on the cups. You can almost make out the "Fleet" written near the top of the cup in this photo.)   More »