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February 04, 2014

The Earth as Witness

An international dharma teachers' statement on climate change
Today humanity faces an unprecedented crisis of almost unimaginable magnitude. Escalating climate change is altering the global environment so drastically as to force the Earth into a new geological age. Unprecedented levels of suffering for all life on Earth, including human, will result. Significant reductions in greenhouse gases and other actions will be needed to reduce climate change to manageable levels. But more fundamental changes are also needed, and this is where we can draw guidance from the rich resources of the Buddha’s teachings, the dharma. This statement briefly describes core Buddhist insights into the root causes of the climate crisis and suggests ways to minimize its potentially tragic consequences. More »
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February 04, 2014

Meditation Month: A Focusing Fail

Day four of our monthlong challenge Joanna Piacenza
February is Meditation Month! The Tricycle team members have challenged ourselves—and our readers—to meditate every day and blog about our experiences. We needed a little help, so we called in bestselling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg to lead our meditation-themed retreat this month and speak to us on how to incorporate meditation practice into the workplace. We’re also featuring three meditation e-books: Tricycle Teachings: Meditation, Tricycle Teachings: Meditation, Vol. More »
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February 03, 2014

Questions about Meditation? Ask our Meditation Doctor

Brad Warner will answer your meditation-based questions all month
February is Meditation Month here at Tricycle! We're challenging ourselves—and our readers—to sit every day this month. To help all of us along, we've enlisted the help of Zen monk Brad Warner, who blogs at Hardcore Zen, has written numerous books on Zen, and is the head of the International Dogen Sangha. Ask him any question you have about your meditation practice this month, and he'll answer. If you need some help getting started, today's your lucky...month. We're featuring meditation-focused blog posts, e-books, and more: More »
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January 31, 2014

February is Meditation Month!

We're challenging ourselves and our readers to meditate every single day.
This year, a few of us in the Tricycle office promised ourselves to spend a little less time stalking getting to know others online and a little more time getting to know ourselves on the mat. Well, a month has passed and we need some help committing. Lucky for us, it’s Meditation Month! What is Meditation Month, you ask? We’re committing to sit every day in February, rain or shine, good days and bad, through headache, hunger, and polar vortexes. No excuses. We’ll be sharing our victories, failures, and everything in between right here on the Tricycle blog. Throughout the month, we’ll also post meditation tips, tricks, and articles to help you—and us—along on our meditation journey. Here are the specifics: More »
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January 30, 2014

Your Brain on Neuroscience

In Silicon Valley's geek culture, creativity is currency. Curtis White
“We (the undivided divinity operating within us) have dreamt the world. We have dreamt it as firm, mysterious, visible, ubiquitous in space and durable in time; but in its architecture we have allowed tenuous and eternal crevices of unreason which tell us it is false.” —Jorge Luis Borges More »
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January 28, 2014

Bits of Poetry That Stick Like Burrs

An excerpt from Dept. of Speculation Jenny Offill
There is a man who travels around the world trying to find places where you can stand still and hear no human sound. It is impossible to feel calm in cities, he believes, because we so rarely hear birdsong there. Our ears evolved to be our warning systems. We are on high alert in places where no birds sing. To live in a city is to be forever flinching. The Buddhists say there are 121 states of consciousness. Of these, only three involve misery or suffering. Most of us spend our time moving back and forth between these three. Blue jays spend every Friday with the devil, the old lady at the park told me. More »
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January 23, 2014

Buddha Buzz: Week of January 20th

Buddha Soup and Alleged Louisiana School Discrimination Max Zahn
My body’s too Buddhalicious for ya, babe These pictures from the pages of London’s notorious Daily Mail depict two naked statues, identified as the likenesses of the Buddha, atop a soup restaurant in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, Shandong province. But is that really the usually svelte ancient Indian we know as the Buddha? More »
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January 22, 2014

The Price of Dignity

When it comes to eliminating poverty, private charity cannot replace public policy. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Fifty years ago this month, in his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Johnson urged Congress and the American people to join him in the struggle against poverty; it was a struggle, he said, we could “not afford to lose.” Johnson understood that to improve the condition of the destitute, we had to attack the root causes of poverty, and not merely its symptoms. More »
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January 19, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Sharon Salzberg & Real Happiness at Work

A conversation with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg
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January 18, 2014

Buddha Buzz: Week of January 13th

Buddha, you made the front page! Max Zahn
Smack dab in the center of Monday’s New York Times was nothing other than the gilded visage of the Buddha himself. There he was—in all of his glory—atop the latest revelations about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s traffic fixation and alongside an alarmist investigation of state politics. More »
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January 15, 2014

Treasury of Lives: Tsangnyon Heruka

Tibet’s most famous holy madman Asha Kaufman
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives mine primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized on their website.  The following summarizes the biography of the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso, by Miranda Adams.  More »
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January 13, 2014

Past Life

A Tibetan Buddhist monk reflects on his rock 'n' roll roots
This short documentary tells the story of Kelsang Pawo (formerly Jeff Mince), a drummer-turned-monk who performed with punk rocker Nina Hagen during the mid-90s Los Angeles rock scene.  Produced by Elizabeth Jenkins Featuring Kelsang Pawo, Resident Teacher at Serlingpa Kadampa Meditation Center More »
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January 10, 2014

Myogen Steve Stücky, San Francisco Zen Center's First Central Abbot, Dies at 67

The Board of San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco Zen Center’s first central abbot, Myogen Steve Stücky, died shortly after 4:00 on the morning of December 31 at his home in Rohnert Park, California. He was 67. More »
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January 10, 2014

Buddha Buzz: Week of January 6th

Buddhist Heavy Metal, Fake Monks, and Cambodian Uprising Max Zahn
Bang That Tibetan Bowl More »
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January 10, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Geshe Wangyal: America's First Lama

A conversation with Tricycle contributors David Urubshurow and Joel McCleary
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January 09, 2014


An excerpt from Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness Ram Dass
An excerpt from Ram Dass' Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness. For more in Dass, read "America's Guru: Ram Dass at 82" in the current issue of Tricycle. In the mid-sixties there seemed to be an expectation that if we got high, we’d be free. We were not quite realistic about the profundity of man’s attachments and deep clingings. We thought that if only we knew how to get high the right way, we wouldn’t come down. And that was our attempt. Then in the late sixties, there was the idea that if we joined the movement and became part of a model of how to stay high, we’d be able to do it. So in the late sixties and early seventies, there was a tremendous interest in mass movements. More »
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December 30, 2013

Discovering Your True Nature: A Teaching with Andrew Holecek

As historian Arnold Toynbee once said, “death is un-American.” Author and Buddhist teacher Andrew Holecek uses this quote to open "Transforming Our Greatest Obstacle into Our Greatest Opportunity," his January online retreat on forming a spiritual relationship with our own death. Holecek notes that if we approach death—our greatest obstacle and the one thing that is certain in life—with assertion and confidence, we can turn it into our greatest opportunity for spiritual progress. Watch this special introductory teaching, and be sure to check in to his retreat, available beginning January 6th, 2013. More »
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December 22, 2013

Tricycle's Top 13 of 2013

A compilation of this year's heavy hitters
It was a good year. And to showcase just how good, we've put together the crème de la crème of Tricycle in 2013. From the story of how Tibetan Buddhism really came to America, to the hilarious ups and downs on the path to enlightenment, to HHDL as an angry Marxist, our list below (with clickable images!) has it all. This year, we also introducted Tricycle Original Shorts and featured 12 eclectic teachers in our online retreats. Let us know if we missed anything and what your favorites of 2013 were in the comments section. And Happy New Year! From the magazine: More »
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December 17, 2013

Swamp Marigold

Sick and on the fringe, a mother looks to nature to overcome chronic pain Elizabeth Bastos
I started going to pain clinics for spinal injections and physical therapy after I was diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis six years ago. I was given the advice to keep a pain journal to record my symptoms, and for a while I did. And it was so depressing that I started referring to my journal as Fuck This Shit. I, who had been a brick house, was, in my 40s, crumbling to bits.  It certainly passes the time for the chronically ill to keep a log of symptoms, but is it healing? I have my doubts. When you have a chronic disease, you know there’s going to be a Greek chorus of tragedies big and small and symptoms that pop up like Whack-A-Moles. The question is: What do you do about it? More »
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December 16, 2013

A Very Buddhist Christmas...Carol

A short featuring some of your favorite holiday characters—and a couple of your Buddhist ones, too
Here at Tricycle, we love holiday themed videos—check out our Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide and last year's A Very Buddhist Christmas. So we made one more video for you this year, featuring some of our favorite holiday characters...and a couple of Buddhist ones, too. "A Very Buddhist Christmas...Carol" reworks the lyrics of "Here We Come A-Caroling" to "Here We Come to Meditate." Watch the video and sing along: More »