Yesterday, a couple members of the Tricycle staff attended the Dalai Lama’s lecture at the Beacon Theater in New York. His Holiness spoke about a chapter from Chandrakirti’s Entry Into the Middle Way. Before lunch, he spent two hours laying the groundwork for a textual analysis by reviewing various critiques of Nagarjuna, attributing relevant texts to certain Buddhist thinkers (often arguably), and contesting the insights of the mind-only school. After lunch, he dove into the text. Buddhist rhetoric at its finest!

The DL’s visit to New York was particularly timely. On Sunday, I waited to cross the street as a drumming procession made its way down Sixth Avenue in celebration of the Buddha’s birthday.

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