Tibetan Buddhism

  • Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Robert Thurman at Tibet House Paid Member

    In New York City on November 5th at Tibet House, Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein, Vipassana teacher Sharon Salzberg, and Tibetan scholar Robert Thurman will come together for a discussion called "The Healing Power of Awareness." You can read about it (and buy tickets for $25) here. From Tibethouse.us: More »
  • Thousands of Tibetan students protest China's plan to use only Mandarin in Tibetan schools Paid Member

    Thousands of Tibetan students in western China are protesting against a proposed plan to eliminate or curb the use of Tibetan in schools. The plan advocates switching to Mandarin, China's official language. Via the New York Times: The protests are among the largest in Tibetan areas since the March 2008 uprising that began in Lhasa and spread across the Tibetan plateau. But unlike those protests, these have been peaceful and have involved mostly students. A protest against the proposed policies was also held in Beijing on Friday afternoon, drawing hundreds of Tibetan students at a prominent university that specializes in teaching ethnic minorities, according to witness reports and photographs. More »
  • 4 days of Tibetan Buddhism at Emory University Paid Member

    Tricycle's newest intern, Alexander Caring-Lobel, despite having not yet worked a full day in the office, just spent the last few days in Atlanta covering the 2010 International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama's current visit to the US.  Alex is a graduate of Emory University, completed the  Emory Tibetan Studies/Institute of Buddhist Dialectics Program in India, and is currently studying classical Tibetan at Columbia. via an email I just received, Yesterday, the International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism came to a close, wrapping up four days of Tibetan Buddhist events at Emory University.  The Tibetan Buddhist extravaganza in Atlanta comprised of two overlapping programs: “The Visit” of HHDL and the International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism. More »
  • 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 »