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 with Buddhist Chaplain Sumi Loundon Kim

Sumi Loundon Kim
Sumi Loundon Kim

In the latest episode of Life As It Is, our podcast with meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg and Tricycle editor-in-chief James Shaheen, Sumi Loundon Kim discusses how spiritual friendship and alternative models of community can support us in facing the crises of our world today. Listen here.

Tricycle’s Summer Reading List 

buddhist summer books

To help kick off your summer reading, Tricycle offers a list of seven books to read this season. They range from ancient Buddhist stories to new novels. Read the list here

An Interview with Meditation Teacher and Author Dean Sluyter

Dean Sluyter’s newest book, The Dharma Bum’s Guide to Western Literature, is out now with New World Library.

Dean Sluyter speaks about the inspiration for his recent book, The Dharma Bum’s Guide to Western Literature: Finding Nirvana in the Classics, and the role of fun on the path to enlightenment. Read the interview here, and an excerpt from the book here.

A Spotlight on Architect-Turned-Therapist and Spiritual Counselor Fushin Dave Watson

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Fushin Dave Watson

Buddhist chaplain Pamela Gayle White interviews a therapist in this moving and up-close look at the work of holding space for difficult truths. Read here.

Coming Up

June 28: Listening to Buddhist Texts

Join Buddhist Scholar Sarah Shaw, who will demonstrate the unique spiritual and historic insights that emerge when we engage with Buddhist suttas as oral literature. Register here.

July 1: Posture of Meditation Workshop

Join us to discover the principles of meditation posture in an hour-long virtual workshop with Will Johnson, meditation teacher and author of The Posture of Meditation. Register here.

In Other News…

Je Khenpo Ordains a Group of Women as Bhikshunis in Historic Ceremony

On June 21, the senior Buddhist authority in Bhutan ordained 144 women as bhikshunis, or female monks, at the Ramthangka monastery.

Pema Chodron to Give Live Dharma Talk on July 17

The proceeds of the livestreamed talk, presented by Wisdom Productions, will go to the activities of the Mangala Shri Bhuti sangha.

Pope Francis Calls for Interreligious Dialogue with Buddhists

While addressing a delegation of 33 monks and 60 lay Buddhists from Thailand, Pope Francis emphasized the need for interreligious dialogue, friendship, and collaboration. The delegation was visiting the Vatican for a conference titled “Friendship Between Buddhists and Christians for a Culture of Encounter.”