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  • 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 »
  • Katy Butler on Buddhism, journalism, and Jeff Bridges Paid Member

    Katy Butler is a practicing Buddhist and storied journalist, having written for publications ranging from Vogue to Tricycle. In addition to conducting Tricycle’s recent interview with actor Jeff Bridges, this summer Katy wrote one of the New York Times Magazine’s most-emailed articles, “What Broke My Father’s Heart: How a Pacemaker Wrecked a Family’s Life.” More »
  • Wake-up call: You don't have to do whatever your guru says Paid Member

    Buddhism's development in the West has sometimes been rocky, particularly with regard to teacher-student relationships. With decades of experience under his belt, Ken McLeod offers some sound advice in a 2002 interview: In the Vajrayana tradition it appears that you have to do whatever your guru says. But that’s absurd in this country. It just isn’t going to happen. America and most Western cultures are post-modern societies. They did away with the external structures that used to define role and position. Not so long ago, if your father was a shoemaker you would become one, and that sort of thing still prevails in a lot of places in the world. With modern education you have to figure out what you want to do — you have to develop the internal ability to define your own path. The same thing is true of marriage, economic position, education, political persuasion, and moral attitudes. More »
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    Chinese Honor Student Chooses Monasticism over MIT Paid Member

    A "mathematics genius" in China has decided to become a Buddhist monk instead of accepting a full ride to MIT. examiner.com has the story: Liu Zhiyu received a diploma this past summer from the School of Mathematical Sciences at PKU and than applied for and was offered a full scholarship to MIT. However, just the last minute as his parents were ready to send him off to the states to study at MIT Liu changed his mind. Liu decided instead to head for Longquan Temple in Beijing's Haidian district to prepare to become a Buddhist monk. It has been reported that Liu's father, who teaches physics at the high school that Liu attended in his hometown of Wuhan, Hubei province, told the Beijing Times the family was strongly opposed to Liu's choice. Liu's father said he felt desperate and his wife had become ill because of their son's decision. More »
  • New Additions to the Tricycle Gallery Paid Member

    There are eight new pieces in the Tricycle Gallery! The new additions are Padmasambhava, Ganapati (Ganesh), Guhyasamaja, King of Shambhala, Mahakala (Legden), Rahula, Shakyamuni Buddha, and a Snow Lion. More »