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Lynda Barry in the Times May 12, 2008

Posted by Sarah Todd in Art, Books, News, Random Notes.
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Not to brag or anything, but I think The New York Times may have a bit of a crush on us. Hot on the heels of columnist Wendy Johnson’s profile last week comes an article about artist/author Lynda Barry, whose drawings of meditating monkeys, along with an original essay, are featured in our Summer 2008 issue. Sure, Lynda Barry’s an extremely successful cartoonist with multiple books and an off-Broadway play under her belt, as well as a weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek.” And it’s true that she’s got a new book on her creative process, What It Is, coming out this month. But still! Did you see the way The Gray Lady was looking at us? It’s flattering, really. I think we may ask them out for a milkshake sometime.

Lynda Barry’s Tricycle profile, “Monkey Business,” is available–for free!–here.

Philip Glass at the Met April 15, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Events, Korea.
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Philip Glass’s Satyagraha is at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Read his Tricycle interview from our Spring 2008 issue here.

And A Monk Amok is heading to Korea.

Philip Whalen and the Bhutanese Bob Dylans April 1, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Books, Review, Zen.
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Danny Fisher points us to the Nation‘s review of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen.

And from the Worst Horse: “a small platoon of Bhutanese Bob Dylans”. Ok, sure.

Japanese Poetry in South Korea March 28, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Korea.

A profile of two Korean poets who were called unpatriotic for practicing Japanese forms of poetry.

Like other Koreans who grew up under Japanese colonial rule, from 1910 to 1945, Son and Rhee learned Japanese, rather than Korean, at school. When the Japanese withdrew after their defeat in World War II, many of these Koreans found themselves without a true mother tongue – ashamed to speak Japanese but unable to read Korean well.

But unlike others, Rhee and Son maintained their love of Japanese poetry long after the liberation.

For that, they paid a price: a lifetime of disregard or disapproval from fellow Koreans.

(And North Korea test-fired more missiles. The U.S. called the test “not helpful.” There is a deadlock over what will happen with North Korea’s nukes. Seems Kim Jong-Il wants the world’s attention back on him. What good is it being in the Axis of Evil if you have to fire a missile to get a headline?)

Iternational Buddhist Film Festival March 20, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Events.
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Shoot, missed the International Buddhist Film Festival in San Francisco (2/14 to 3/6) and so missed all the fine offerings there, including the awesomely titled Meditate and Destroy about Noah Levine, by Blue Lotus Films. We won’t forget to mention this year. Ahem!

Zen Monster March 19, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Zen.
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zen_monster.jpgThough the term “Zen Monster” may bring to mind the Buddha-on-Godzilla image from Brad Warner‘s Sit Down and Shut Up, Zen Monster is actually a new magazine full of politics, religion, criticism, poetry, fiction, book reviews, and art. It’s described as “a voice for independent poets, artists and writers outside of any hierarchical or ecclesiastical Buddhist affiliation.” It’s very pretty, too, thanks to designer Charles Rue Woods, a longtime friend of Tricycle.

Contributors to the first issue include Norman Fischer, Philip Whalen, Susan Bee, Ann Waldman, Gary Snyder, and many more. I opened right up to a bunch of Philip Whalen epistles and Eliot Katz’s Elegy for Allen Ginsberg, plus a photo of a cool sculpture by Steven Siegel, not to be confused with the smililarly named action star / tulku.

Check it out at your local bookstore. Winter 2008 is the first issue. If you want to submit something to them, their email address is fitzunger [at] yahoo [dot] com and their postal address is:

Zen Monster c/o
New York Zen Circle
1032 Woodgate Ave.
Elberon, NJ 07740

Stand with Tibet; Beastie Boys Speak Out; Young Tibetans Reject the Dalai Lama March 18, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Dalai Lama, News, Tibet.

From Precious Metal: Stand With Tibet, an online petition. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys asks that you contact your Congressperson. And Young Tibetans Won’t Follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Lead on China and autonomy.

Tenzin Tsundue, a 32-year-old Tibetan activist and writer, said the Dalai Lama’s demand for authentic autonomy from China was “wishful thinking.”

In a 2005 interview published by the Tibet Society of South Africa, Tenzin said it was “highly unlikely” China would ever make the changes called for by the Dalai Lama.

“Because the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet would inspire and unite the Tibetans so powerfully, that there’d be a revolution, and China can’t have that happen,” Tenzin said.

“His Holiness has frequently begged for autonomy — but they will not budge, even though he was criticized for doing so by many of our youth for this compromise.”

The Dalai Lama was himself a young man when he was last in Tibet. He was forced into exile, along with about 80,000 others, in 1959 when the Chinese military put down an uprising.

(And this is one expensive Buddha.)

Bodhidharma’s Shoe March 5, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Zen.
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Joshu Sasaki RoshiTwo-part movie of a dai-sesshin at Bodhi Manda in New Mexico with Joshu Sasaki Roshi, the last of the O.G. Japanese Zen “missionaries” to America. (See A Century of Zen, about his hundredth birthday.)

The film is by Tom Davenport, who writes:

I will be taking this film off revver.com in a few days. This is a draft version — there some mistakes — Bodhi Manda is a “Zen Center” — not a monastery. The Roshi leads about 18 seven days sesshins a year, not 30, but still an impressive number! Also delivery of the narration and camera moves on the still pictures can be improved.

I will be putting the final film on www.folkstreams.net — a free video streaming site that I direct from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are lots of interesting documentaries on American roots cultures there. You can reach me at tdaven at crosslink dot net.

Part 1
Part 2

Life in Lhasa March 5, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Art, Tibet.
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A photo essay on Slate.

This weekend in 1989, martial law was formally imposed on the Tibetan capital of Lhasa by the Chinese government amid growing protests by Tibetans and violent crackdowns. Magnum presents portraits of Lhasans and images of the transition the country has had to undergo in recent years.

[Photo: LHASA, Tibet—A monk at Jokhang Temple, 2000. © Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos]

Buddha Wild March 4, 2008

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Buddha Wild – The Monk in a Hut, directed by Anna Wilding, will screen at Tibet House on March 19th. The film is up for a major award in India.

Buddha Wild” journeys to and provides an “affectionate glimpse” into the cultural and monastic lives of Thai and Sir Lankan missionary monks living on a remote monastery in the Western world. The film explores the basic tenets of Buddhism, celibacy, politics, the role of women in Asian society and the day to day lives of monks. New Yorkers get their first chance to see this “fascinating” film in a special screening at Tibet House in New York on 19 March 2008. Tickets to the screening can be purchased online at www.tibethouse.org. Anna Wilding will be in attendance for a discussion following the screening. Tibet House was founded by the Dalai Lama and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman and holds amongst its trustees Philip Glass, Uma Thurman and other notable New York luminaries. Executive Director of Tibet House Ganden Thurman organized the screening.