Tibetan Buddhism

  • Judy Lief on Absolute and Relative Bodhichitta Paid Member

    We're very lucky to have Acharya Judy Lief writing commentary on the lojong (mind-training) slogans at tricycle.com. As she writes in her introduction to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's classic Training the Mind, "Through slogan practice, we begin to realize that our habitual tendency, even in our smallest gestures, is one of self-centeredness." She also writes that the slogans "form a loop in which nothing is excluded." The playful and sometimes ironic tone of the slogans should not fool us: Lojong is a complete path of practice all on its own. She has a new post up today discussing absolute and relative bodhichitta, in which she writes: More »
  • English Translation of the Dalai Lama/Chinese Citizens Twitter Talk Paid Member

    The New York Review of Books posted the May 21 Twitter conversation between the Dalai Lama and Chinese citizens in its entirety. Perry Link translated the dialogue and explains how such an event was able to take place. So how did Wang Lixiong do it? First he asked representatives of the Dalai Lama, who is on a tour of the U.S., for an hour of time in which the Tibetan religious leader might answer questions from Chinese citizens. The Dalai Lama agreed to use the hour of 8 to 9 a.m. (EST) on May 21 for this purpose. Wang then arranged to open a Twitter page beginning on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. (Beijing time), onto which Chinese Web users could pose questions. More »
  • Celebrating the Return of Khyentse Rinpoche Paid Member

    I am very happy to help spread the news about Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's first visit to the United States this August.  This trip will both serve as a commemoration of the life of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) on the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth as well as a welcoming of his current incarnation, Khyentse Yangsi, to the United States.  May it be the first of many! More »
  • Contemporary Tibetan Art at the Rubin Paid Member

    Over at Jeff's Travel's we read: Pema Rinzin is one of the only Tibetan artists that I know who has trained in the traditional way of "tangka" and mural painting and that has also successfully transitioned into contemporary painting while still creating and teaching the so-called traditional art. Jeff, ever emphasizing the importance of Buddhism's visual culture (apparently, we don't publish enough of it), let's us know that a show featuring Pema's and other contemporary Tibetan painters' work will be opening at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on June 11. You can find more of Jeff's thoughts on Pema's work here. But don't expect a lot of theory. As Jeff writes: More »
  • How the clouds of thinking clear & 6 Words of Sage Advice Paid Member

    Ken McLeod is currently leading a Tricycle Retreat (you can listen to his first talk to "The Way of Freedom" here). Included in his teaching is his translation of Tilopa's Pith Instructions on Mahamudra. (Tilopa is considered the founder of Tibetan Buddhism's Kagyu lineage.) Here's a verse: Mists rise from the earth and vanish into space. They go nowhere, nor do they stay. Likewise, though thoughts arise, Whenever you see your mind, the clouds of thinking clear. More »
  • Surviving the dragon Paid Member

    Tsering Namgyal writes for phayul.com today that Arjia Rinpoche, former tutor to the last Panchen Lama, spoke to the Tibetan community in Minneapolis this week about his book Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama's Account of 40 Years under Chinese Rule, published earlier this year. Arjia Rinpoche fled Tibet when he was asked to tutor the Panchen Lama's Chinese-appointed successor (the successor the Dalai Lama selected disappeared into Chinese custody in 1995 and hasn't been heard from since). More »