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  • Buddha Buzz: Dharma & Psychology, Buddhists on Twitter, and Simpler Friendships Paid Member

    Sweeping Zen recently posted a great interview with David Loy, a Buddhist philosopher and frequent Tricycle contributor, and among the topics discussed was the relationship between Buddhism and Psychology. We've found that this topic is surprisingly controversial, as reflected by the lengthy ongoing debate at "Human Nature, Buddha Nature," an interview with psychologist John Welwood from our Spring 2011 issue. What does Loy have to say about the relationship, similarities, and potential benefits of a cross-fertilization of Buddhism and psychology? He explains: More »
  • Rinzai Zen Zuiganji Temple Offered As Refuge for Tsunami Victims Paid Member

    "At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening." -Hakuin Ekaku, the great Zen master revered for revitalizing the Rinzai Zen tradition in Japan. The Zuiganji temple in Matsushima is a very important and historically significant temple in the Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism. Sadly, Matsushima was one of the areas hit hard by the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. I was very touched to learn this morning that this beautiful temple was opened up as a shelter for survivors of tsunami, and to have been shown these heart warming photographs of compassion in action. via the twitter feeds of @nmlewan and @arustaky (thanks to @regretblues for letting us know) More »
  • Top 5 Buddhists on Twitter (That You Don’t Follow)
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    Before somebody cries foul, let me be clear: you won’t find the Buddhist big-twitters on this list. Everybody knows the Dalai Lama is worth following (or at least, as of this moment, 560,521 tweeps think so). Instead, this list is meant to highlight five Buddhists on Twitter that you might not already know about. The people on this list are individuals who tweet primarily about Buddhism and have under 1,500 followers (sorry/congrats @MindDeep, you just missed the cutoff). Also, it should be noted that we consulted William Harryman’s list “Top 10 Buddhist Twitter peeps you should Follow” and purposely left those people off this list, because, well, you can just go look at that list. More »
  • 7 ways to use the internet to reduce suffering. Paid Member

    In a recent Bearing Witness Blog post entitled 7 ways to use the internet to reduce suffering, Ari Pliskin lists seven important points that were explored during the Wisdom 2.0 summit that took place earlier this year.  It is a very insightful, practical, and concise list and I recommend giving it a look. 1. Practice being present in person 2. Practice being present online 3. Build Relationships 4. Enforce accountability 5. Raise money and spread petitions More »
  • Secret to Twitter success: Take the "I" out of your tweets! Paid Member

    I wouldn't' normally expect to find His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama quoted in the likes of the International Business Times, but nowadays the Tibetan sage is called upon everywhere for sound advice. And if social-media consultant Joshua Waldman, owner of Career Enlightenment, has it right, his advice may also be a shot in the arm for your Twitter strategy. In "There is No 'I' in Your Personal Brand," Waldman has this to say: More »
  • English Translation of the Dalai Lama/Chinese Citizens Twitter Talk Paid Member

    The New York Review of Books posted the May 21 Twitter conversation between the Dalai Lama and Chinese citizens in its entirety. Perry Link translated the dialogue and explains how such an event was able to take place. So how did Wang Lixiong do it? First he asked representatives of the Dalai Lama, who is on a tour of the U.S., for an hour of time in which the Tibetan religious leader might answer questions from Chinese citizens. The Dalai Lama agreed to use the hour of 8 to 9 a.m. (EST) on May 21 for this purpose. Wang then arranged to open a Twitter page beginning on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. (Beijing time), onto which Chinese Web users could pose questions. More »