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Change Your Mind Day

In 1994 a few hundred people gathered in Central Park to attend Tricycle's first Change Your Mind Day. The magazine's board had agreed on a day of free Buddhist meditation instruction as a way of reaching out to the community, making dharma more accessible, and bringing together members of different sanghas.

It seemed like a simple idea: Put down some meditation cushions in a park, invite teachers to come, get a microphone, and put up flyers announcing the event to the public. Doing it, however, was more complicated: We had to sign a contract with the park, buy insurance, and the microphone turned into a sound system. Our "free" day of meditation was getting expensive.

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