Tricycle

  • Director of The Cup making new film Paid Member

    Bhutanese-born Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, director of The Cup (1999) andTravellers and Magicians (2003), has another film in the works, or at least he's thinking about one. For now, it's at "the concept level." What's the next one going to be about? He tells bernama.com, the Malaysian National News Agency, that this one will be about dance: I love Indian classical dance. It's one of the most beautiful and richest cultures we have on earth. It's one of the oldest living traditions of expressing inner spiritual power through the medium of dance and music, and this has always fascinated me. That is why I chose this subject. More »
  • Labor Day Special: The disease of capitalism? Paid Member

    In an August 26 post, I noted 5 recent comments from Thich Nhat Hanh on the occasion of his visit to the UK. One of the quotes refers to "the disease of capitalism" (Thay's words), and I thought perhaps some would object. No one did. One, did, however, find that phrase particularly felicitous. Seedoubleyou writes: Thay’s messages are fantastic, particularly in relation to the poison of capitalism. I remain hopeful that his words stretch beyond Buddhist circles and to the ears that need to hear. In the Guardian today, the question is posed: More »
  • Precepts & Commandments Paid Member

    From novice Tendai priest Innen Parchelo, in the Ottawa Citizen's "Ask the Religion Experts": Q: What is the relation between religious laws and state law? A: There is no parallel between the teaching of the Buddha and the traditions of the Old or New Testaments or the Koran as "God's Law." Dharma declares "the way things are," not a statement of rules or an invocation to behave in some particular way. ... Buddhists, then, are encouraged to relate to national or local systems of legal structures in a combination of good citizenship and spiritual conscience. We must evaluate any conflict between our obligations as good citizens and good Buddhists and make "in the moment" decisions about our actions. More »
  • Take your seat Paid Member

    Every now and then I post a quote from Ocean of Dharma, a somewhat weekly email sent out by Carolyn Gimian, founding director of the Shambhala Archives and editor of many of Chogyam Trungpa's books. Each mini teaching is a quote by Trungpa Rinpoche. Here, Trungpa Rinpoche writes on meditation and meditative awareness in the world: Take your seat More »
  • Religious disharmony in India, in spite of what you may have heard Paid Member

    It must have been music to Indian ears to hear the Dalai Lama suggest earlier this month that China learn nonviolence and religious harmony from India. But it was just so much noise to others. India, after all, has been witness to some of the most extreme religious and inter-caste violence in the post-war period. We read this from Andrew Suttaford over at the Secular Right: More »
  • Gender equality gets a black eye, Jeff Bridges & the Dalai Lama Paid Member

    Amanda Brown at The Anti-Room isn't too happy with the Dalai Lama's follow-up to his own comment that his next incarnation could very well be female. I'd heard the first comment but not the second she cites (I'm usually better at staying on top of these things but have been quite slow on this one). Here's Amanda: Buddhism has long been held as being the acceptable religion by many left leaning liberals, who would also count themselves in favour of gender equality. It is therefore a bit depressing to note the Dalai Lama’s recent comments about the possibility of a woman succeeding him. He begins well enough. More »