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May 09, 2014

The Nones Are Looking for More

In a recent HuffPo article, Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand describes increasing dissatisfaction with spirituality Max Zahn
In his recent Huffington Post article “How the Nones Are Coming of Age,” Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand notes a growing disenchantment with the spirituality craze that emerged as Americans turned away from religion in the decades following World War II. “The trend has peaked and people are looking for something more,” Strand recounts a friend telling him. “They don't want to go back to the religion of their parents or grandparents, but they've wised up to the fact that they need something real to replace it, whether you call it a religion or not.” More »
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May 08, 2014

Which Mindfulness?

The modern understanding of mindfulness differs significantly from what the term has historically meant in Buddhism. Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
This article is the second in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
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May 05, 2014

The Sound of One Hand Healing

After breaking his hand, a physician gets a dose of present moment medicine Robert J. Abramson
I broke my hand last year. I knew immediately it was broken by the exquisite, searing pain. I have experienced my fair share of pain, from kidney stones in rural India to joint pains from 40-plus years of long distance running, but never a fracture. So when the edge of my hand hit the corner of the wall as I catapulted forward off the last step down the hallway in my house, I knew by the rapid elimination of my many previous causes of pain that this was fracture pain. An integral, internal bedrock structure had snapped like so many trees after a strong storm. More »
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May 05, 2014

Online Meditation Course: Let's Dance

Discovering the Path of Meditation
Meditation is a transformative path that can guide us to a more reflective and aware way of being. More »
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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 »