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May 01, 2014

The Biggest Misconception about Buddhism

Contrary to popular belief, most Buddhists throughout history have not meditated. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the first in the new Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 01, 2014

Buddhism’s Fundamentalist Streak

The growing influence of Theravada Buddhist nationalists in Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand Anuradha Sharma and Vishal Arora
BANGKOK (RNS) To many Americans, Buddhism is about attaining enlightenment, maybe even nirvana, through such peaceful methods as meditation and yoga. But in some parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident, and militant Buddhism is emerging. In three countries where Buddhism is the majority faith, a form of religious nationalism has taken hold: More »
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April 28, 2014

Let's Dance: Online Archive Page

Welcome to the Let’s Dance: Discovering the Path of Meditation online archive page! If you missed a portion of the course, don’t fret. We have all the course content here, updated on a weekly basis. Looking for the online discussion page? Click here. More »
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April 28, 2014

Let's Dance: Online Discussion Page

Welcome to the Let’s Dance: Discovering the Path of Meditation online discussion page! This space is reserved as a place to share your thoughts and experiences throughout the meditation course. If you have a question, leave it here—your meditation teachers from Juniper will be dropping by throughout the course to help. More »
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April 25, 2014

Meditation Nation

How convincing is the science driving the popularity of mindfulness meditation? A Brown University researcher has some surprising answers.
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April 22, 2014

Let Them Eat Empathy

The Dalai Lama becomes an unwitting spokesman for free market capitalism Max Zahn
I’m no marketing executive, but I’ve watched enough TV to understand the basic syllogism underlying all endorsements: celebrity X is well-liked; celebrity X will appear with a product; therefore the product will be well-liked. Variations arise, of course, depending on what the advertisers are trying to sell. They get Megan Fox to endorse jeans because she’s sexy. They get George Clooney to endorse tequila because he’s classy. And, as it turns out, they get His Holiness the Dalai Lama to endorse market capitalism because he’s virtuous. More »
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April 21, 2014

Light and Dark

On the walls between worlds Henry Shukman
A Moment of Awakening Many people first get into Zen by reading a book about it, or by meeting a Zen master, or from a general curiosity about meditation. For me it was different. More »
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April 17, 2014

Contemplate the Body, Free the Mind

A challenging teaching on letting go of attachment to the body Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
When meditators' minds have reached genuine happiness in the dhamma through their mindfulness and discernment, clearly seeing the four noble truths, none of them—not one—will revert to looking for happiness in the world or in material things. That's because happiness in the dhamma is a lasting happiness: solid, refined, and genuinely pure. If you compare worldly happiness with the happiness of the dhamma, you'll see that there's not even the least real happiness to it. It offers nothing but stress, nothing but drawbacks. So why do we think it's happiness? Because we're burning with pain. We look to worldly happiness and pleasures to relieve the pain, which then goes away for a while but then comes back again. More »
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April 14, 2014

Enlightening Conversations: The Importance of Friendship

A discussion with Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath and Buddhist author Mark Matousek
“Friendship is a binding glue in all mature, loving relationships.” In this exclusive conversation, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher Polly Young-Eisendrath speaks with Buddhist author Mark Matousek on the importance of friendship for our psychological and spiritual growth. “People don’t give friendship the importance it deserves, especially when they think about how it teaches us to love," says Matousek. "If lovers are depicted face-to-face, deeply in love, then friends should be depicted side-by-side, ready to take on the world together.” More »
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April 08, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, Writer and Zen Priest, Dies at 86

Alex Caring-Lobel
Peter Matthiessen—prolific author, naturalist, activist, and Zen priest—passed away at his home in Sagaponack, NY, on Saturday, April 5. He was 86. His death—three days prior to the release of his newest novel, In Paradise—marks the end of his struggle with leukemia, for which he was undergoing chemotherapy. More »
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April 07, 2014

Bridging the Gap

Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal updates the age-old tradition of the scholar-practitioner Noa Jones
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April 03, 2014

The Woman in the Photograph

A meditation teacher reflects on identifying with her former self Martine Batchelor
“That is Martine just before I shaved her head,” the monk exclaimed. He pointed to the inside of a souvenir book featuring photographs of past residents at Songgwangsa, a Zen temple in southwestern Korea. Everyone else recognized the woman in the photograph. I did not. The woman, of course, was me.   I had never seen the picture. It captured a young lady with glasses and long dark hair, about 22 years old. I took a photo of the photo for my record. Whenever I look at the image, I have the same strange feeling of non-identification. I don’t feel that I know who this person is: What was she like? What were her hopes and aspirations?   More »
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April 02, 2014

I And Love And Akhtar

A pilgrimage from the least livable city on Earth M. Sophia Newman
Bodh Gaya, it is said, is the number one place to go to realize that you don’t need to go to Bodh Gaya. The small town in India is famous for one reason: here, the Buddha achieved spiritual enlightenment under a ficus tree some twenty-five centuries ago. Some regard the place as a spiritual mecca. But Buddhists have no mecca, strictly speaking. There are four Buddhist holy sites in the Indian subcontinent—Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar—where the Buddha was born, was enlightened, first preached, and died, respectively—but visiting any of them is non-obligatory for even the most devout people. Despite the long tradition of pilgrims journeying to these holy sites, there is nothing in the teachings mandating that Buddhists visit. More »
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March 31, 2014

Path of Freedom

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of 50 inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.
Acharya Fleet Maull is the founder of Prison Dharma Network, Peacemaker Institute, and National Prison Hospice Association. Learn more about Maull's work and the Prison Dharma Network in Tricycle's interview with the teacher, and watch his Tricycle Retreat here. More »
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March 27, 2014

Buddhist volunteers comfort families of those lost on Flight 370

Max Zahn
At a press conference on Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that “new analysis” had confirmed Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. As with other developments in the international mystery, news channels quickly displayed footage of the victims’ families bunkered in a hotel conference room.   More »
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March 22, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Getting Intimate

A conversation with Village Zendo Abbot Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara
Tricycle Talks: Now in iTunes More »
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March 21, 2014

Idleness Waiting Grace

Three reflections on recovering place Mark C. Taylor
Mark C. Taylor recounts a poignant lover affair not with a person but with a place that, paradoxically, cannot be easily localized. For many years, Taylor has lived in the Berkshire Mountains, where he writes and creates land art and sculpture. In a world of mobile screens a virtual realities, where speed is the measure of success and place is disappearing, his work slows down thought and brings life back to earth to give readers time to ponder the importance of place before it slips away. Idleness More »
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March 19, 2014

Enlightening Conversations: The Student-Teacher Dynamic

A discussion with clinical and Buddhist practitioners Polly Young-Eisendrath and Pilar Jennings
In this exclusive conversation, a psychoanalyst and a relational psychoanalyst—both practicing Buddhists—discuss the emotional dynamics of religious practice, the psychological complexities of student-teacher relationships, and the issues surrounding the idealization of teachers within Buddhist communities. More »
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March 18, 2014

NewsLeek: Fifth Noble Truth Discovered

P. B. Law
LOS ANGELES—The International Mindfulness Foundation (IMF) today announced the discovery of a fifth noble truth, overturning the ancient Buddhist belief that there are only four. Speaking at a press conference at UCLA, IMF president Hugh Briss reported that researchers in the US and UK, using the latest quantum MRI technology, had scanned the brains of more than 100 select meditators to locate the fifth center of noble-truth activity in a part of the striatum normally associated with lust and desire, an area previous researchers had overlooked. More »
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March 10, 2014

Five-Minute Buddhist

Filmmaker Harold Ramis's pocket-sized Buddhist manifesto Max Zahn
In a profession famous for its metropolitan Jews, late comedian and filmmaker Harold Ramis was a practicing Buddhist…and, well, a metropolitan Jew. He is well known for directorial achievements in American hilarity like Caddyshack and Groundhog Day—the latter carrying some intricate Buddhist underpinnings. Over the course of his later life, Ramis deepened his relationship with Buddhism, which culminated in a visit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. That life came to a sudden end last month, when Ramis died of a rare blood vessel disease. He was only 69 years old. More »