A reconciliation storyBy Bhikshu Heng Ju (Tim Tetsu)
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By engaging with exertion over and over again, the practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness becomes familiar territory for you, and is no longer a big deal. It is a part of you and not a project, but a way of life.
Trump bungles his Buddhism, Rohingya flee from repatriation, and Tibetan leaders join for new online service. Tricycle looks back at the events of this week in the Buddhist world.By Matthew Abrahams
The late activist, journalist, politician, humanitarian, and negotiator changed American-Tibetan relations.By Joan Duncan Oliver
As the Won Buddhist order inaugurates their new head dharma master, a Tricycle editor explores the country’s spiritual landscape.By Emma Varvaloucas
With this issue Tricycle introduces a comprehensive new design. Beyond the new look, readers will find front sections that foster dialogue within the Tricycle community, let you in on what’s happening right now in the Buddhist world, and provide practical teachings for day-to-day life.
In “The Human Deity,” our cover story, contributing editor Kurt Spellmeyer takes on different schools’ representations of the Buddha: was he human or divine? Journalist Judith Hertog investigates why a rapidly growing Buddhist community insists that it alone teaches the one, pure dharma, and our editors look at the sometimes-shaky science behind mindfulness and meditation studies.
We also share lesser-known Buddhist practices for personal and collective harmony in our special section “Meditations Off the Beaten Path,” including a daily practice to foster gratitude and a visualization for interconnection.
The New Kadampa Tradition is controversial—and growing. Why?By Judith Hertog
How a small but committed group of masons in this former Buddhist kingdom are safeguarding their religious and cultural heritage.By Julia Hirsch
Connecting with the earth, fire, water, and air within us connects us with all of existence.By Ayya Khema
Internal investigation plays a key role in our ability to overcome feelings of anxiety and insecurity, develop a secure base, and establish healthy relationships with others. In our latest course, we'll explore a variety of insights and practices—drawn from early Buddhism and contemporary psychology—that can help us acknowledge and process emotional experiences that destabilize us—and discover how to thrive in a disconnected world.With Josh Korda
Tap into an inexhaustible well of practice inspiration by following in the footsteps of Kuan Yin, who represents enlightened compassion in the Zen tradition.
In Mickey Lemle’s new award-winning documentary, The Last Dalai Lama?, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, takes a look at his legacy as he enters the ninth decade of his life. Rather than presenting a linear story, the film offers an endearing, candid portrait of the Tibetan leader’s life by weaving together historical photos, rare interviews with an all-star cast—including Thupten Jinpa, Matthieu Ricard, and Daniel Goleman—and archival footage from Lemle’s 1992 biopic, Compassion in Exile.Directed by Mickey Lemle
Shifting the Ground We Stand On: Buddhist and Western Thinkers Challenge Modernity, introduces a fresh perspective to the dialogue between Buddhism and science. This anthology of Tricycle essays and interviews by Linda Heuman brings together Buddhist scholars, neuroscientists, and cultural critics on the question of finding meaning in our modern world.
Feeling burnt out does not make you a failure. That’s the first thing Buddhist teacher and former tech executive Lawrence Levy would want you to know. Burnout, Levy says, is a healthy response when our human needs aren’t being met. As the former Chief Financial Officer of Pixar, Levy knows what it means to have a demanding job. But it was during his many years practicing in the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism that Levy began to find a way to apply Buddhist principles to the difficulties that we face in our everyday lives, leading him to co-found Juniper, an organization devoted to making meditation and the dharma accessible in a modern context. Here, Tricycle Editor and Publisher James Shaheen talks to Levy about the importance of continuous self-care in a mutually supportive environment and how meditation, learning, and connection can help us tend to the conditions that lead to burnout.With Lawrence Levy
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