• Fostering Peace, Inside and Out Paid Member

    At the beginning of a new year it is customary for us to express our hopes for peace in the year ahead and to wish each other peace. But to actually achieve peace is by no means an easy task. Real peace is not simply the absence of violent conflict but a state of harmony: harmony between people; harmony between humanity and nature; and harmony within ourselves. Without harmony, the seeds of conflict and violence will always be ready to sprout. More »
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    An Interview with Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the Head Priest of Shinnyo-en Paid Member

    Last weekend, the Tricycle team was pleased to attend the Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating for Peace ceremony in New York City's Central Park. Led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the weekend-long event attracted thousands of visitors and honored the public and personal peacemakers in our lives. In this exclusive interview, Her Holiness speaks with Tricycle about her traditional Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana) Buddhist training, the thrust of Shinnyo-en's teachings, and the importance of continuing these international ceremonies for peace. More »
  • iPhone Apps, Conflict Minerals, and Awareness Paid Member

    Last Thursday, our Editor & Publisher James posted the blog What kind of Buddhist iPhone app do you want? As you can probably guess (and as is stated in the blog), we are looking into developing one and would like feedback about what exactly people would like to see in a Tricycle app. On Friday I posted James' blog to our Facebook page. We received several responses, good ideas, people wanting us to be less iPhone specific (Blackberry and Android) etc. Then this comment was posted: The Genocide Behind Your Smart Phone More »
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    James Baraz on Buddhism, Guns, and Breaking the Cycle of Hate Paid Member

    From Tricycle contributor James Baraz's recent article on the Huffington Post, "A Buddhist Perspective on Access to Guns." More »
  • See Beyond "Black and White" Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma, The causes of any conflict lie in strong attachment to certain views, and the core of Buddha’s teaching is of great help here. All phenomena, in addition to being transient, arise and disappear according to a complex set of conditions. When we apply this truth to conflict, we give up the simplistic, black-and-white picture through which conflict is usually described and perpetuated. Views about the “good guys” and the “bad guys” simply do not correspond to the reality. -Zarko Andricevic, "Peace: How Realistic Is It?" (Summer 2003) Read the complete article here. More »