Tricycle Talks

  • Tricycle Talk: Interview with Mark Elliott, Director of Bodhisattva Paid Member

    The Tricycle | Buddhafest Online Film Festival is still going strong. Our new film this week, which started Monday, is Mark Elliott's Bodhisattva—The Journey of the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa. The film documents Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two claimants to the title of the 17th Karmapa, as he visits the United States for the first time. In this Tricycle Talk, Elliott was kind enough to exchange his usual position behind the camera for one in front of it.   Click here to watch Bodhisattva and buy an online film festival pass. More »
  • Tricycle Talk: Congressman Tim Ryan stumps for mindfulness in Washington, DC and beyond Paid Member

    The 2012 Presidential election is the most fractious in memory—just another example of the partisan rancor ruling national politics today. (“Washington is broken,” stated Republican senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, a noted moderate, as she announced her decision not to run for a fourth term.) Contributing to the problem, insiders suggest, is that bipartisan socializing—a Washington tradition—has all but ceased, as pols spend their free time drumming up support back in their home districts. But if Congressman Tim Ryan, a five-term Democrat from Ohio, has anything to say about it, cultivating mindfulness not only can help us reconnect with our kindness and compassion individually and collectively but also could trickle up and help Congress reconnect, leading to more cooperation at the top. More »
  • Tricycle Talk: Mark Verkerk, director of Buddha's Lost Children Paid Member

    Last week I spoke with Mark Verkerk, the Dutch filmmaker and the director of Buddha's Lost Children, this week's BuddhaFest film (you can read about the film and watch the trailer here). Mark shot Buddha's Lost Children over the course of a year in the remote regions of Thailand. The documentary, released in 2006, won many awards, including Best Spiritual Film in the European Spiritual Film Fest, the City of Rome Prize, and the Grand Jury Prize AFI in Los Angeles. More »
  • Chinese Mining Company Might Destroy Ancient Buddhist Ruins in Mes Aynak Paid Member

    More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists established a sprawling monastery complex in the barren desert just 25 miles southeast of present-day Kabul, Afghanistan, attracted to the remote location because of its rich copper deposits. Mes Aynak, the once vibrant home to hundreds of Buddha statues and Bronze Age treasures, fell into ruin for centuries.The former spiritual center rose again to prevalence thousands of years later when the disregarded ruins became an Al-Qaeda training ground, playing host to high-ranking members of the terrorist organization beginning in 1999. Eight years later, in 2007, the red-brown metal that first caught the Buddhists’ eyes brought an international giant onto the scene. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Artist Mike Giant Paid Member

    Our Tricycle Talk today is with legendary fine art, tattoo, and graffiti artist Mike Giant, half of the team behind clothing brand Rebel8 and the current Tricycle issue's featured Buddhist in This Buddhist Life. I had over an hour long conversation with Giant for This Buddhist Life, but as it tends to happen, it was cut to the six-question interview you may or may not have already read (if you haven't, it's here). Needless to say, there was a whole lot of Giant that wasn't captured in the magazine, not to mention his artwork. More »
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    Tricycle Talk: Tracking Bodhidharma with Andy Ferguson Paid Member

    Andy Ferguson's new book, Tracking Bodhidharma: A Journey to the Heart of Chinese Culture, explores the elusive figure of Bodhidharma, revered as the First Ancestor of Chinese Zen. The book is part travelogue, part history, and part detective novel. More »