History

  • Treasury of Lives: Pema Lingpa Paid Member

    Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. More »
  • This Week in Retreat: Questioning Judgmental Buddhism and Feel-Good Buddhism Paid Member

    In the final week of Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners, we have been discussing changes and innovations in Buddhism after the time of the historical Buddha. Rita chose a very interesting method for presenting this topic, in which she broke down later Buddhist developments into three categories: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, also known as The Three Jewels. By employing this method, Rita and the participants were able to touch on many subjects, from the issue of full female ordination, to the Bodhisattva vow, to Maitreya, The Buddha of the Future. One participant states, More »
  • Tricycle Community 1 comment

    Buddhism After The Buddha Paid Member

    Today we begin the final week of Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners, in which Rita will be discussing changes and innovations in Buddhism after the time of the historical Buddha. In terms of how to view this important and expansive topic, Rita explains: More »
  • Tricycle Community 2 comments

    The Braided River of Buddhism Paid Member

    In our Summer issue, we published a piece by Linda Heuman entitled, Whose Buddhism is Truest? about recently unearthed Gandharan scrolls. These scrolls, which had been buried in a desert and lost for some two-thousand years, once discovered and analyzed called into question many long held ideas about how Buddhism developed. It is a fascinating piece. Recently, a friend of mine remarked that she felt that one image in the piece was itself an important teaching, for it "perfectly exemplifies the new prevailing view Buddhist history." She went on to say, "they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one is worth a hundred thousand at least!" It is this image of two diagrams: More »