January 20, 2011

Generosity

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat, "The Ten Perfections," is now in its third week. The topic is generosity and letting go. Visit the retreat here. (There's a free 2-minute preview of the teaching if you're not a Supporting or Sustaining Member of the Tricycle Community.)

One of the best things about Tricycle Retreats is that you get to discuss your retreat experience directly with the teacher. Here's a great comment from this week at the retreat:

I had never thought about that very first act of giving. The first time as a child when you give something to someone just because you want to give it. I thought about my own two sons, and that first time they picked a flower and brought it to me, or with my little one when he brought me his favorite pretty rock because it was pretty. Somehow we miss these as being acts of Generosity, but they are in it's purest sense. To give a gift for no other reason that to make someone happy, to make them smile. How many times since then have we given to someone or something with such innocence?

Join the retreat and join the discussion with Thanissaro Bhikkhu!

In January, to accompany Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat The Ten Perfections, now in its third week, we'll be offering his new book Skill in Questions for download.

Skill in Questions is about asking skillful questions and answering questions skillfully. Thanissaro Bhikkhu quotes the Buddha about answering questions skillfully:

There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically. There are questions that should be answered analytically. There are questions that should be answered with cross-questioning. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions.

We are offering this special e-book edition for free.

In addition, if you wish, you can give a voluntary contribution of $5 to the Tricycle Teachers Fund, which benefits Buddhist teachers, who offer the teachings for free. All contributions made in January will be donated to the Metta Forest Monastery, where Thanissaro Bhikkhu serves as abbot.

Here’s how to get involved:
Join the Tricycle Community at any member level. To participate in Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s Tricycle Retreat, you must join at the Supporting or Sustaining Member level.
• Make a voluntary contribution of $5 to the Tricycle Teachers Fund. All contributions made in January will be donated to the Metta Forest Monastery.
• Download your e-book and start reading immediately.
 • Join Thanissaro Bhikkhu in his Tricycle Retreat on The Ten Perfections from January 3 through January 30.

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Click here to take make a voluntary contribution to Metta Forest Monastery via the Tricycle Teachers Fund and download the e-book.

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