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  • What the Water Knows Paid Member

    In honor of World Water Day, here's a poem by Sam Hamill from the pages of Tricycle: What the Water Knows What the mouth sings, the soul must learn to forgive. A rat’s as moral as a monk in the eyes of the real world. Still, the heart is a river pouring from itself, a river that cannot be crossed. It opens on a bay and turns back upon itself as the tide comes in, it carries the cry of the loon and the salts of the unutterably human. A distant eagle enters the mouth of a river salmon no longer run and his wide wings glide upstream until he disappears into the nothing from which he came. Only the thought remains. Lacking the eagle’s cunning or the wisdom of the sparrow, where shall I turn, drowning in sorrow? Who will know what the trees know, the spidery patience of young maple or what the willows confess? More »
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    The Dalai Lama on Learning and Buddhism Paid Member

    As many of you may know, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in the midst of a 10-day teaching tour in the US, which began with a stop in the Midwest. On May 12th and 13th he gave teachings at Indiana University in Bloomington, and afterward paid a visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center which his late brother, Thubten Norbu, founded in 1979. During his visit at the center the Dalai Lama reminded the mainly Tibetan and Mongolian audience that as residents of the US they enjoy greater religious freedoms than those in their native countries. They should use this freedom, His Holiness continued, to not just practice their religion but study it. “Any Buddhist center should be a learning center, not just a place for some worship,” he told those in attendance. More »
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    Ikeda interview Paid Member

    Tricycle's interview with Daisaku Ikeda, founder of the Soka Gakkai International, seems to be getting serious attention in Europe, at least within the SGI community. Bernd Gast has translated the interview into German of his own accord, and we have already received two requests (granted) for rights to French translation. Look out for one of these on Yann Patin de Saulcourt's SGI website and send a heads-up to your friends across the pond. More »
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    Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York Paid Member

    Thursday afternoon, Tricycle caught a press-preview glimpse of this weekend’s Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York. Located on Manhattan’s Pier 92, the event features over 80 galleries from 15 countries, this year including artists from the Middle East and Central Asia. We were particularly taken by Ran Hwang’s expansive, glittering pin-and-button wall installations. Be on the lookout for her work in upcoming issues. Some of Hwang’s installations can be seen here. Another of our favorites was the exhibition of the Tibetan Bridge Foundation, an educational nonprofit working to build a community center in a village in Eastern Tibet. More »
  • More is Always on the Way Paid Member

    I was on the bus to work the other day, when a taxi passed by bearing the slogan: ‘More is always on the way’. It turned out to be an advert for holidays to Turkey. More is always on the way? This could almost be the signature of the present consumer culture. In the present time, more is always regarded as desirable because we can never have enough. More »
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    Dharma Seed Paid Member

    Dharma Seed, a New Hampshire based non-profit that has been making the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism available to speakers of many different languages since the 1980s, has recently started converting its content from tapes and CDs to free audio files, available on their website at Listeners may download the talks or listen to them as streaming audio files online. After listening to a recent talk, “Five Guidelines for Practicing with Conflict” by Donald Rothberg, a member of the Executive faculty at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco and the Teacher’s Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center of Woodacre, California, I immediately wanted more. At the recommendation of a Dharma Seed member, I’m turning next to Guy Armstrong, an insight meditation practitioner for over thirty-years and another member of Spirit Rock’s Teacher’s Council. Discover and share your own at And read more about "Five Guidelines for Practicing with Conflict:" More »