Nothing is permanent, everything is precious. Here’s a selection of some happenings—fleeting or otherwise—at Tricycle and in the Buddhist world this week

A Podcast on Ritual with Scholar Anne C.  Klein

In the latest episode of Tricycle Talks, we learn how ritual practices can support us in the face of loneliness and alienation. Listen here.

A Reflection on our Turbulent World

Writer and retired Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod shares a reflection on—and resources for making sense of—our changing world. Read it here.

A Short Guided Meditation on Being with Painful Sensations

Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Loch Kelly demonstrates a technique for pain relief through his “Effortless Mindfulness,” a synthesis of ancient wisdom traditions, contemporary psychology, and neuroscience. Try it here.

A Teaching for Working with Our Many Selves

Writer and meditation teacher Vanessa Zuisei Goddard discusses why we should listen to and bring together, not ignore, the many voices in our heads. Read it here.

Coming Up

July 28: Decoding Tantric Art: A Conversation with Jeff Watt

Join Jeff Watt, a leading scholar of Himalayan art and founding curator of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, for a virtual event exploring the sacred art of the tantric tradition from 4-5pm EST on July 28. Register here.

August 16: Exploring Liminal Spaces: A Workshop with Andrew Holecek

Join Tibetan Buddhist author and scholar Andrew Holecek for a workshop on August 16, from 4-5pm EST, on navigating liminal spaces through the lens of the Tibetan dream yoga and bardo teachings. Register here.

In Other News

The Funeral for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Who Was Assassinated Last Week, Was Held at a Buddhist Temple in Tokyo

On Monday, thousands gathered for a wake at the temple, and a larger memorial service will take place at a later time.

An Ancient “Magic Mirror” at the Cincinnati Art Museum Reveals a Hidden Buddha Image 

A hidden image of Amitabha Buddha was recently revealed in the reflection of an unassuming small bronze mirror dating back to the 15th or 16th century. The Cincinnati Art Museum’s curator states that only three other museums possess Buddhist-themed “magic mirrors” like this—rare ancient mirrors that reveal images in certain light. 

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka Agrees to Resign

Following months of demonstrations over the nation’s economic crisis and government corruption, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has agreed to step down. The Sri Lankan parliamentary speaker, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, announced Rajapaksa’s resignation last Saturday after thousands of protestors descended on his residence and the capital. 

Nonprofit the Khyentse Foundation Gives This Year’s Award for an Outstanding PhD Dissertation in Buddhist Studies to Malaysian Scholar Eng Jin Ooi

Eng Jin Ooi’s dissertation is titled the “Transmission of the Milindapanha with a Comparative Analysis of the Siamese Recensions.”

A Unitiarian Minister and Buddhist Minister Join a Rabbi’s Legal Fight Against Abortion Ban in Florida

Retired Unitarian Reverend Harris Riordan and Buddhist minister Maya Malay plan to file a lawsuit next week that double down on Rabbi Barry Silver’s argument that Florida’s abortion ban violates the state Constitution’s right to privacy and freedom of religion.

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