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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. 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 »
  • Move over, Park 51, now the Buddhists want a temple! Paid Member

    I can't guess at how many Americans would support or oppose the building of a Buddhist temple in Walnut, California, but I do know that someone there in high places is against it. And the US government isn't too happy about it. The AP reports: LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Justice Department has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Southern California city of Walnut, claiming it unfairly denied a permit to a group seeking to build and run a Buddhist center. More »
  • Nalanda to rise from the ashes Paid Member

    It's looking more and more likely nowadays that the legendary Indian university of Nalanda, which at its peak  taught 10,000 students and employed 2,000 faculty, will rise again, according to AFP. The site is more than the heap of bricks that so many other Buddhist historical ruins have become over the centuries. You can still see the general plan, some monks' cells, and you can even get a pretty good idea of what it must have looked like. Maybe that's one of the reasons it's such an attractive candidate for rebuilding. Nalanda was founded in the 3rd century, in what today is the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, and later became one of the world's most well-known learning centers of its time. More »
  • Take a virtual tour of Coyote Man's home Paid Member

    If you've ever picked up a copy of Tricycle you've probably seen Coyote Man, artist Neal Crosbie's recurring coyote cartoon. Over the years we've followed Coyote Man past pine trees, up Mt. Fuji, over land on horseback and on foot, and even onto the face of a dollar bill. Now we can track him from the moment of creation---in Crosbie's California studio. The ink painter's website now offers a virtual tour of Coyote Man's home, check out the video here here. As for Coyote Man's creator, here's the news from his neck of the woods: Lately besides painting pictures of clouds and pine trees, I've been singing songs which are unsteady and short. Songs in gratitude to the Buddhas and songs of apologies to the salmon. More »
  • Talking about nothing and making something of it Paid Member

    Tim McHenry never fails to impress. The Rubin Museum of Art's Director of programming, Tim produces series of talks that just get better and better. This time, he's making something out of nothing. Literally. He has put together a series of talks about, well, nothing. Among many others in the series, Oliver Sacks will speak with John Dugdale about "seeing nothing"; Nico Muhly and Andrew Solomon will talk about "lacunae"; and Peter Sellars and Raj Patel on the "economics of nothing. Other participants include Laurie Anderson, Robert Wilson, Even Ensler, Lama Surya Das and many, many more. I'll make as many as I can. The RMA is in Manhattan's Chelsea district. For more information, check out the website. More »