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February 14, 2014

Meditation Month: Zen and the Art of Dating a Buddhist

Day fourteen of our monthlong challenge Emma Varvaloucas
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. More »
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February 13, 2014

Meditation Month: The Wisdom of Mitch

Day thirteen of our monthlong challenge Max Zahn
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. More »
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February 11, 2014

Meditation Month: What's in Front of You

Day eleven 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 10, 2014

The Language of Certainty in New Atheism

"Why Sam Harris is Unlikely to Change his Mind" Alex Caring-Lobel
While researching for his book The Righteous Mind, social psychologist and professor of business ethics Jonathan Haidt was struck by the prevalence of statements of certainty in New Atheism books. Following his hunch, Haidt ran the three most important New Atheist works—Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, Sam Harris's The End of Faith, and Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell—through a computer program that counts words indicating certainty, like "always," "never," "every," and "undeniable." He checked the results against those from the books of three "wingnuts"—Anne Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck—as well as those from three books on religion written by scientists who are not considered New Atheists. The results are below. More »
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February 10, 2014

Three Mindful Tips for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

The best in mindfulness from NewsLeek Lifestyle P.B. Law
If your partner is a meditator while you aren’t, you can take advantage of this fact to gain the upper hand on Valentine’s Day and for years to come. Just as business leaders across the country have paid millions of dollars to give their employees on-the-job mindfulness training to make them more placid, productive, and uncomplaining, you can now get the same results in the comfort of your own home at no cost at all. Just follow these three easy steps: 1)    Master the jargon of meditation. More »
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February 07, 2014

Meditation Month: Dharma Dog

Day seven of our monthlong meditation challenge Emma Varvaloucas
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. More »
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February 06, 2014

Meditation Month: This is Where the Magic Happens

Day six of our monthlong meditation challenge Max Zahn
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. More »
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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 »