India

  • India Must Apologize to Karmapa Paid Member

    On January 28th Indian police raided the monastery of 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and seized a large amount of cash. At that time, many damning and accusatory articles about the Karmapa appeared in the Indian media (that he is a Chinese spy etc.) Of the subsequent vast onslaught of information and commentary that then came our way, two things seemed immediately clear: The money was donated to the Karmapa from his many supporters throughout the world and the Indian media was acting irresponsibly.Two weeks ago, when the New York Times published a piece on the situation, I posted a blog praising the Times' level headed approach and stated that I felt it was a time "to wait for more facts to surface before jumping to any conclusions."It has now been almost a month since the raid and the Indian government has given the Karmapa a "clean chit" (freed from any question of guilt). More »
  • 2 Photos from Stephen Batchelor in India Paid Member

    I received the below photos from Stephen Batchelor this morning, which he took while leading the 2011 Tricycle "In the Footsteps of the Buddha" Pilgrimage to India, which came to an end on February 7th. I hear it was a wonderful trip. The first photo is of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya and the second is of some trash in water. Is this pairing a profound commentary on the state of Buddhism and the modern world? You decide!   More »
  • Massive Rally in Support of Karmapa to Take Place Sunday Paid Member

    When Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two lamas recognized as the 17th Karmapa, escaped from the Chinese in 2000 he was granted asylum in India.  However, due to pressure from the Chinese government, the Indian government quickly put him under close watch and put heavy restrictions on his ability to travel.  This week, as the Karmapa is giving teachings in Dharamsala, a huge rally in Sikkim is being organized by his supporters to put pressure on the Indian government to lift these travel restrictions so that he can return to his home monastery Rumtek, which is in Sikkim.  For more information on the rally, please visit www.karmapatorumtek.org More »
  • Bhopal Disaster and the BP Oil Spill Paid Member

    An article in The New York Times yesterday looked at the 1984 Bhopal disaster through the eyes of Indians comparing it with the current BP spill in the Gulf. From the Times: No matter how halting the Obama administration’s response to the gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might look to Americans, Indians cannot help but marvel — and envy — the alacrity with which the United States government has acted. More »
  • Tricycle's 2011 Pilgrimages to India Paid Member

    ANCIENT BUDDHIST MONASTERIES OF INDIA and IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BUDDHA More »