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    Digital Immortality and the Living Paid Member

    In the Tricycle office, we’ve realized that when promoting blog posts, Tricycle news and other events online, that the Facebook community doesn’t seem to like death. The meaning is playfully two-fold for such a somber subject: Facebook users, in general, do not seem to respond very enthusiastically to posts about death, and more specifically, they fail to click the “Like” button. It isn’t so hard to believe. Compared to other mediums, Facebook thrives on the idea of life. Both the nature of the content and the means by which it is distributed is social; personal. It revolves around the living and breathing people that you know and what is happening to them in their lives. This makes it all the more difficult when they die, yet remain trapped in the digital system, as a recent article by the New York Times reports. More »
  • Demonizing—and idealizing—Tibet Paid Member

    Nate DeMontigny at Precious Metal alerts us to an interesting article by spiked editor Brendan O'Neill. Writing from inside Tibet, O'Neill, no fan of the Dalai Lama's, finds himself nonetheless defending the Tibetan spiritual leader against repeated charges that he is fomenting unrest in Tibet. In fact, it seems the "Dalai clique" is behind just about everything that goes wrong there, including the 2008 unrest in Lhasa that quickly spread to the Tibetan countryside. In "Demonizing Tibet" O'Neill writes: More »
  • Vision and Routine lead to Awakening Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma, "The key to development along the Buddhist path is repetitive routine guided by inspirational vision. It is the insight into final freedom—the peace and purity of a liberated mind—that uplifts us and impels us to overcome our limits. But it is by repetition—the methodical cultivation of wholesome practices—that we cover the distance separating us from the goal and draw ever closer to awakening." -Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, "Vision and Routine" (Summer 2010) Read the complete article here. Artwork by Shinichi Maruyama More »
  • "Buddhism, Reconciliation And Auschwitz: An Interview With Zen Master Bernie Glassman" VIA HuffPost Paid Member

    There are few people in the world who have done as much for the advancement of Socially Engaged Buddhism as Bernie Glassman.  As a teenager I had the privilege of working for a summer at the Greyston Foundation, a fantastic community development/outreach network in Yonkers, NY that Mr.There are few people in the world who have done as much for the advancement of socially engaged Buddhism as Bernie Glassman.  As a teenager I had the privilege of working for a summer at the Greyston Foundation, a fantastic community development/outreach network in Yonkers, NY that Mr. More »
  • Compassion is the Source of Transformation Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma, "In terms of commitment, I think Buddhist practice is by its very nature social change. It cultivates compassion, which is the source of transformation. The word means "suffering with." Thus compassion arises from a deep place of receptivity and listening that is the beginning of healing. What we are talking about broadly is the healing of the world, a journey of a thousand years." -Paul Hawken, "The Movement With No Name" (Fall 2008) More »
  • India denies Karmapa visit to US Paid Member

    Denied permission to travel to Europe earlier this year, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa and most prominent member of the Kagyu lineage, has again faced travel restrictions. If all had gone well, he'd have arrived in New York this week but was denied an exit visa in what appears to be a concession to Chinese interests. The India Times reports: "The Karmapa was scheduled to attend prayer sessions being organized by Karma Triyana Dharamchakra center in Woodstock in New York that began yesterday (Wednesday), but Indian authorities refused to grant him permission to visit there," Gompa Tsering, Karmapa's secretary, said. More »