Arts & Culture

The growing influence of Buddhist artistic expression in contemporary culture
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    The Flute Teacher Paid Member

    Contemporary Chinese writer and government critic Liao Yiwu first began writing his memoir, For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese Prison, in 1993, three years after he was imprisoned for composing the incendiary poem “Massacre,” a response to the 1989 student protests at Tiananmen Square. He spent three years of his four-year sentence at the Song Mountain Investigation Center before being transferred to a labor camp in Sichuan Province. More »
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    Fredericka Foster Paid Member

    Watch "Like a Circle in Water," a Tricycle Original Short on Fredericka Foster's work. I grew up in Seattle—a city of water blanketed by humidity from rain, forests, lakes, and Puget Sound. I have always loved abstract art, and I wanted to paint evocative subject matter that could carry emotion and thought. Water was my solution. Painted without a horizon, it was constantly changing, rich with meaning, and always abstract. More »
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    The Squirrel Sutra Paid Member

    Walking to the water troughI stopped to see a squirrel stop,a red squirrel drinking at the tap. Hearing me it climbed the firstthin branches of a pine, then lookedto see if I was any kind of threat. And as I stood, a blackcap settledon a branch, then hummingbird-likeseemed to stop midair while the Yellow King with his hordeof hungry ghosts, the White Kingsurrounded by celestial musicians, More »
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    The Science Delusion Paid Member

    Curtis White pulls no punches. To readers who see in Buddhism little room for spirited debate, White’s unapologetic bluntness may seem unexpected or even jarring. But for White—Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Illinois State University, novelist, and author of several works of criticism including the 2003 international bestseller The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves—there is too much at stake in our current intellectual climate to indulge in timid discussion. More »
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    Antonio Tàpies Exhibtion at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo Paid Member

    Emptiness was both subject and source for the Abstract Expressionists. Within the boundaries defined by an empty white canvas, they found an arena for action and awareness, and they explored it with varying degrees of clarity. Some, such as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, painted from the deep unconscious, from that free place beyond rational calculation. Others, such as Robert Motherwell molded an ideal of freedom with the tool kit of an intellectual. More »
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    Tommy, can you Hear me? Paid Member

    1. If I have open-head surgery and my brains are replaced by my alarm clock, am I still Tommy? 2. Was van Gogh with one ear the same as van Gogh with two ears? 3. If I take a vacation, will I still be Tommy? 4. If I take Prozac, will I still be Tommy? 5. If I get a face-lift, an ass nip, hair coloring, breast implants, and liposuction, will I be Jane Fonda? 6. Is Jane Fonda still Jane Fonda? 7. Is Jane Fonda becoming? 8. Is Jane Fonda becoming Jane Fonda? 9. If  you call me by my true name, am I still Tommy? 10. If I become Lama Pajama, am I still Tommy? 11. Does my true name have to include Jane Fonda? More »