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    Will Horowitz Paid Member

    "Forest to Table," a Tricycle Original Short 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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    Shomyo no Kai Paid Member

    For many Western Buddhists, chanting is a regular part of practice. But few perhaps are familiar with chant’s long and illustrious history in Japanese Buddhism. All that may change this March, when Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years embarks on its first North American tour, produced and organized by Japan Society in New York City. The chorus of two dozen priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects performs traditional shomyo—Buddhist ritual chanting—along with shomyo-inspired works by contemporary composers. More »
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    A Light for Peace Paid Member

    Watch the Tricycle Original Short "The Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace." More than 4,000 people were on hand September 22 as a thousand points of light—actually, 2,200 candle-lit paper lanterns bearing personal messages—were set afloat on a reflecting pool in New York City’s Central Park. “Be a Light for Peace,” a variation on a traditional Japanese ceremony honoring the dead, paid tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to creating a more harmonious world. More »
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    Miya Ando Paid Member

    A descendant of famed sword makers of Bizen, Japan, New York–based artist Miya Ando was raised among swordsmiths and Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, Ando transforms sheets of burnished steel and anodized aluminum into ephemeral abstractions suffused with subtle gradations of color. For Ando, the paradoxical pairing of spiritual subject matter with metal is intentional. “My work is an exploration into the duality of metal and its ability to convey strength and permanence,” she says, “yet in the same instance to absorb shifting color and capture the fleetingness of light. It reminds us of the transitory nature of all things in life.” More »