Sikyong Penpa Tsering visiting Washington, DC
Nothing is permanent, so everything is precious. Here is a selection of some events – ephemeral or not – in the Buddhist world this week.
Sikyong Penpa Tsering, president of the Tibetan government in exile, will visit Washington this month
In an announcement on Tuesday, Sikyong Penpa Tsering, the chairman of the Central Tibetan Administration, has confirmed he will travel to Washington, D.C., at the invitation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom Tsering called a “strong supporter and advocate for Tibet.” . After the visit, which will take place from April 25 to 29, Tsering will also travel to Canada and Germany, Reports from Radio Free Asia. In the same statement to RFA, Tsering said: “Over the past decades, and particularly under the leadership and authoritarian policies of Chinese President Xi Jinping, we have seen Tibetans face increasing religious and cultural repression. more aimed at annihilating Tibetan identity,” and he plans to meet with other nongovernmental officials while in Washington.
Monks support flood relief in Australia
Two Buddhist groups in Australia have offered relief funds to those affected by February’s devastating floods in Queensland. the International Buddha Light Association of Queensland (BLIAQ) has donated A$10,000 (US$7,600) to flood victims in the Queensland suburb of Logan, where authorities said flooding was the worst on record since 1974. In Lismore, a small town near Brisbane, a group of Vietnamese Buddhists donated $100,000 AUD ($76,000 USD). The monks also joined Lismore City Council Mayor Steve Krieg to meet with evacuees in what Krieg described as an act of “incredible generosity.”
The new book of poems by Buddhist writer Ocean Vuong, Time is a mother, spell
A highly anticipated book of poetry by award-winning writer Ocean Vuong was released on Tuesday. time is a mother, published by Penguin-Random House, is the writer’s second book of poetry. That one “research life among the aftershocks of her mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting in grief while being determined to survive the afterlife. Read it 2018 Tricycle interview with Vuong here and stay tuned to hear it life as it is, Tricycle podcast with editor James Shaheen and meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg, April 27.
Japanese Buddhist Monks’ Guitar Sutras Go Viral
Togen Yoshihara, chief priest of Yokoku-ji Temple in Gosen, a city in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, gained popularity by chanting Buddhist sutras while playing the guitar. In May 2020, in order to “to provide something virtuous” to community members at home during the pandemic, Yoshihara uploaded a YouTube video in which he played a guitar accompaniment to the heart sutra. After the video became popular, Yoshihara began performing live at his temple. Yoshihara says that, as an alternative to mokugyō, or block of wood, traditionally used to accompany the chanting of sutras, “a guitar can produce more rhythmic sounds…which makes it easier for listeners to understand the sutra they are hearing”. Yoshihara currently performs up to ten sessions a month to large crowds of devotees, as well as at funerals and other ceremonies.
Buddhist rockstar June Millington is inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame
In an April 8 ceremony, Filipino and Buddhist rockstar June Millington, who co-founded groundbreaking girl rock band Fanny in the 1970s, was inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame, whose mission is to promote and preserve the music and musicians of the region. Millington lives in Goshen, Massachusetts, and is the co-founder of the Institute for the Music Arts, which runs music camps for girls. Learn more about Millington and his career here in this article Tricycle.
April 13-15: Songkran, the Thai New Year also known as the “water jet festival” for water fights that occur to wash people of their misdeeds, takes place next week. Temples in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and other Thai cities are plan festivities, while planning to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Thailand is also currently considering lifting COVID Testing Requirements for Foreign Travelers.
April 18-April 22: In honor of Earth Day 2022, Tricycle is bringing together leading Buddhist teachers, writers and conservationists, including Joanna Macy, Roshi Joan Halifax, David Loy, Paul Hawken and Tara Brach, for a series of virtual events a week-long donation-based exploration of what dharma has to offer in times of environmental crisis. Learn more here.
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