Tricycle - Awake in the World http://www.tricycle.com/blog/ie/aithor.php en Not Two http://www.tricycle.com/blog/not-two <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Gottlieb </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A JuBu draws support from the way both faith traditions teach of the almighty one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div><img src="/sites/default/files/images/GottliebPhoto.png" width="550" height="367" style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></div> <p>At 6 a.m., my teacher strikes the singing bowl. The tone spirals out, becomes hollow. At the center of a room emptied of sound, we sit cross-legged, facing a brick wall. Slowly the mind quiets, the breath deepens; the sounds from outside seep through the bricks—a jogger, two kids laughing and arguing their way to the bus stop, an ambulance, a helicopter.</p> <p>Right now there is no text, no prayer, no millennia of continuity, no God inspecting my deeds. There is my teacher and there is me, sinking below the turbulence in which I had swum for four decades. When my teacher strikes the bowl again, it jars me back to the surface. As the sound once again spools out—my lungs are open, my head is clear, and my knees ache. With silence and stillness, another day begins.</p> </p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/not-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/not-two#comments Health Illness Interfaith jubu judaism Meditation nonduality Zen Sickness Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:54:47 +0000 Max Zahn 45922 at http://www.tricycle.com Against the Stream http://www.tricycle.com/blog/against-stream <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rikki Gunton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>A film portrait of dharma teacher Josh Korda</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--></p> <p><center><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/109928672?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">In this short film, Josh Korda recounts his journey from young substance abuser to meditation teacher at Dharma Punx NYC. If we can learn, Korda says, to appreciate the ephemeral nature of everything we have, we'll never feel like there's anything missing from life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rikkigunton.com" target="_blank"><strong>Rikki Gunton</strong></a> is a photographer, nonfiction filmmaker, and yoga teacher living in New York City.</p> <p><br><br><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>More from Josh Korda</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/online-retreats/now-what" target="_blank">Now What?</a><br>Life as a Recovering Addict</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/against-stream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/against-stream#comments Buddhist Teachings Film Theravada Video Theravada Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:15:03 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45874 at http://www.tricycle.com A Pilgrimage Among Friends http://www.tricycle.com/blog/pilgrimage-among-friends <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gail Gutradt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three old buddies encounter the sacred at Kumbh Mela, the largest human gathering in the world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div><img src="/sites/default/files/images/KumbhMelaBlog1.png" width="550" height="367" style="margin: 7px auto; vertical-align: middle; display: block;"></div> <div>Chances are you have never heard of the Kumbh Mela. Any coverage of the event on Western television is usually given short shrift, the name translated with a shrug as “The Festival of the Pot.” A crowd shot, and some mention of how many people attended, given in millions. Indians themselves record the numbers in <em>lakh</em> or <em>chror</em>—for in a country of over a billion people isn't it more useful to count in multiples of a hundred thousand or ten million? On the television screen you might see ten seconds of local color: hoards of Naga Babas, warrior ascetics with streaming dreadlocks, storming into the waters clad only in marigolds and ashes. And you think, "How exotic!" but you can have no notion of the event itself. </p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/pilgrimage-among-friends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/pilgrimage-among-friends#comments hinduism India pilgrimage Travel Devotion Travel Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:42:26 +0000 Max Zahn 45869 at http://www.tricycle.com The Chimera of Human Advancement http://www.tricycle.com/blog/chimera-human-advancement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kodo Sawaki, Kosho Uchiyama, and Shohaku Okumura </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three Soto Zen masters discuss the mistaking of technological progress for human transformation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>In</em> The Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo,&nbsp;<em>three generations of dharma teachers grapple with the social and technological changes they witnessed in Japan over the course of their respective lifetimes. Kodo Sawaki, the eponymous "Homeless Kodo," first brought Soto Zen Buddhism out of the monasteries and into the streets during the early 1900s. His dharma heir, Kosho Uchiyama, continued this tradition during the latter half of that century. Now Shohaku Okamura, the title's translator and last commentator, applies the wisdom of his forebears to our present day.—Ed.<br><br></em><strong>Kodo Sawaki:</strong></p> </p> <p>After all our efforts, racking our brains as intensely as possible, we have come to a deadlock. Human beings are idiots. We set ourselves up as wise and then do foolish things.</p> </p> <p>In spite of our scientific advancement, we haven’t yet achieved greatness of character. What’s the reason for this?</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/chimera-human-advancement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/chimera-human-advancement#comments Japan modern age Science technology Zen Zen (Chan) Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:00:39 +0000 Max Zahn 45846 at http://www.tricycle.com Joshu's Dog http://www.tricycle.com/blog/joshus-dog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John House </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Zen koans included GIFs</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--></p> <div>A monk asked Joshu, "Does a dog have buddhanature or not?" </p> <p>Joshu replied, "Mu."</p> </div> </p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/tumblr_ncloajG6Xo1qdlh1io1_400.gif" width="320" height="395" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> </p> <div style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><strong>Commentary:</strong> Dog in the backyard, lifetimes upon lifetimes spent shuttling between the bright sun of the deck and the smelly shade of the propane tank. But there is no door into the cool of the restful kitchen, and no one need open it. Upon realizing this, a dog passes naturally through the Gateless Gate.<br><br><strong>John House</strong> is a <em>Tricycle&nbsp;</em>contributing editor. </p> </div> <div style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><em><br></em></div> <div></div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/joshus-dog#comments Buddhism Dog Gif Humor Joshu Zen Zen (Chan) Koans Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:43:20 +0000 Max Zahn 45826 at http://www.tricycle.com Walking on Sacred Ground http://www.tricycle.com/blog/walking-sacred-ground <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An interview with singer-songwriter Kesang Marstrand</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div><img src="/sites/default/files/images/KesangMarstrand.png" width="550" height="367" style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></div> <div>The insert for Kesang Marstrand’s latest album, <em>Karma Khyeno</em>, could easily be mistaken for a chant book.&nbsp;Replete with full-length Tibetan prayers in both their original and translation, the booklet includes a dedication not to Marstrand’s parents or musical influences, but to the leader of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. An inscription wishes for His Holiness’s “health and long life, and the fulfillment of all his great aspirations and noble activities.” This is not, to say the least, your standard name drop. Careful readers will also descry a short metta prayer directly above the track listings: “May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.” </p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/walking-sacred-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/walking-sacred-ground#comments 17th Karmapa kagyu Karmapa Khyeno Kesang Marstrand music Tibetan Buddhism Tibetan Buddhism Arts & Culture Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:59:36 +0000 Max Zahn 45830 at http://www.tricycle.com Taking The Dog For A Walk http://www.tricycle.com/blog/taking-dog-walk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elizabeth Bastos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bring all the art and science of the world, and baffle and humble it with one turd.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/4_thomas_cole__kaaterskill_falls.jpg" width="570" height="674" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p>This is the best time of year for dog walking. Fall's crunchy leaves, the sunset hues, those golden hours.</p> <p>My dog Sugar and I walk a circuit of the cross-country trail, past some chestnut trees, a bumper crop having a mast year, and she stops at the stand of them and sniffs the spiny shells of the fallen ones and gets more interested in a pile of fresh deer poop and I'm daydreaming about how I'm going to write a book about small moments like this one and it's going to be so beautiful and then—doggone it—she's rolling in the poop and I'm pulled out of my headspace and yanking on the leash yelling, "NO POOP!"&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/taking-dog-walk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/taking-dog-walk#comments Art autumn dogs Environment fall Humor Nature Environment Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:24:54 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45815 at http://www.tricycle.com Don’t Believe the Hype http://www.tricycle.com/blog/don%E2%80%99t-believe-hype <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neuroscientist Catherine Kerr is concerned about how mindfulness meditation research is being portrayed in the media.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Last May, an article about mindfulness on a popular mainstream news website finally spurred neuroscientist and meditation researcher Catherine Kerr to act. The article cited 20 benefits of meditation, from “reducing loneliness” to “increasing grey matter” to “helping sleep,” and painted a picture of meditation as a kind of golden elixir for modern life. Kerr posted the article on her Facebook page. “It is not like any of this is grossly inaccurate,” she wrote in her post. “It is just that the studies are too cherry-picked and too positive.”</span></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/kerr_interview.jpg" width="250" height="375" style="float: left; margin-right: 7px;"></p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/don%E2%80%99t-believe-hype" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/don%E2%80%99t-believe-hype#comments Health Interview MBSR Meditation Mindfulness neuroscience Science Tricycle Science Health Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:57:16 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45811 at http://www.tricycle.com People's Climate March http://www.tricycle.com/blog/peoples-climate-march-buddhists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joshua Eaton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>An estimated 700 Buddhists marched together in last week's demonstration.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/PCM_1.jpg" width="570" height="428" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p>“I know that my path to enlightenment will only come from being connected to the world around me,” Njeri Matheu, a member of Brooklyn Zen Center, explained as she marched through the streets of midtown<b> </b>Manhattan. “It's not just about being centered inside; it's about being connected to your world.” Around her, an estimated 700 other Buddhists belonging to over 35 Buddhist organizations held signs and banners with environmental slogans as they walked, keeping rhythm with meditation bells. This Buddhist contingent contributed to the estimated 400,000 protesters who participated People’s Climate March, the largest march of its kind in history, on September 21.</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/peoples-climate-march-buddhists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/peoples-climate-march-buddhists#comments Buddhism climate change Environment Events News People's Climate March Politics Tricycle Community Environment Politics Social Justice Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:35:57 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45798 at http://www.tricycle.com The Suffering of Addiction http://www.tricycle.com/blog/suffering-addiction <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An interview with Buddhist teacher and author Noah Levine</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Buddhist teacher Noah Levine’s punk rocker past, social advocacy, and straight-talking, subversive books like </span><i style="font-size: 13px;">Dharma Punx</i><span style="font-size: 13px;"> and </span><i style="font-size: 13px;">Against the Stream </i><span style="font-size: 13px;">have earned him an avid following among the young and disaffected</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">. Now he can add a subset of Buddhists who, like Noah, are in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. A fan of the Twelve Step program but not of its God-centered rhetoric, Noah put together an alternative, Refuge Recovery. Firmly grounded in the four noble truths and the eightfold path, Refuge draws on the best of Buddhism and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/suffering-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/suffering-addiction#comments AA addiction Books Buddhism Health Meditation substance abuse Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:54:08 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45800 at http://www.tricycle.com Mindfulness at Moonshine Hollow http://www.tricycle.com/blog/mindfulness-moonshine-hollow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belden C. Lane </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Seeking an escape from the hum of academic life, a theology professor finds solace among the stone cliffs and sycamore trees of southeast Missouri.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div><img src="/sites/default/files/images/MoonshineHollow2.png" width="550" height="478" style="margin: 7px auto; vertical-align: middle; display: block;"></div> <div>The locals call it Moonshine Hollow, or Mooner's Hollow, partly because of the haunting character of the moonlight in this small, isolated valley. It forces you to pay attention to the thousand shades of shadow and light you'd never thought to distinguish before. The phenomenon has something to do with the curvature of the ravine here, as light reflects off stone cliffs above and the lithe, white limbs of sycamore trees below. Whatever accounts for it, Moonshine Hollow is well named. </p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/mindfulness-moonshine-hollow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/mindfulness-moonshine-hollow#comments Belden C. Lane Buddhism Mindfulness Mindfulness Missouri Moonshine Hollow Vipassana Vipassana Zen Mindfulness (sati) Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:33:07 +0000 Max Zahn 45761 at http://www.tricycle.com Tricycle Talks: Andrew Holecek, The Good Death http://www.tricycle.com/blog/tricycle-talks-andrew-holecek-good-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>A conversation with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Andrew Holecek</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/holecek_podcast_360_0.jpg" width="250" height="151" style="float: right; margin: 7px;"></p> <h2 style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: georgia, times, serif;"><strong style="font-size: 13px;"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tricycle-talks/id695108281" target="_blank" style="color: #000000; font-size: 18px; letter-spacing: 0.5px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/1011itunes.png" width="120" height="47" style="margin: 5px 7px; float: left;"><em style="font-size: 18px;">Tricycle Talks</em>: Now in iTunes</a></strong></h2> <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"></p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/tricycle-talks-andrew-holecek-good-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/tricycle-talks-andrew-holecek-good-death#comments podcast Tibetan Buddhism Tibetan Death & Dying Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:55:40 +0000 Max Zahn 45759 at http://www.tricycle.com Stephen Colbert: The 15th Dalai Lama? http://www.tricycle.com/blog/stephen-colbert-15th-dalai-lama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report makes a stunning announcement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/lqm25y/dalai-lama-drama" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-12%20at%208.54.50%20PM.png" width="570" height="287" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></a></p> <p>In 2007, Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s <i>The Colbert Report</i>, announced his run for President of the United States. Now, in the midst of this week’s media frenzy regarding the question of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso's successor, Colbert dropped another bombshell on the Nation: <i>he </i>will be the 15th Dalai Lama.</p> <p>Finally, a successor that both Tibetans and China can agree on.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">On a more serious note, the media, at the least at first, got this story mostly wrong. Read our coverage <a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/end-dalai-lama" target="_blank">here</a>.</span></p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/stephen-colbert-15th-dalai-lama#comments Buddhism China Colbert Dalai Lama Humor News Politics Tibetan Buddhism Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:01:13 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45755 at http://www.tricycle.com The End of the Dalai Lama? http://www.tricycle.com/blog/end-dalai-lama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Caring-Lobel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not exactly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/Dalai_Lama_with_Marco_Pannella.jpg" width="570" height="380" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><em>The Dalai Lama's likely reaction to the current media frenzy.</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">An interview with the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso by the</span><b style="font-size: 13px;"> </b><span style="font-size: 13px;">Sunday edition of German paper </span><a href="http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article132019000/In-meinen-Traeumen-werde-ich-113-Jahre-alt.html" target="_blank"><i style="font-size: 13px;">Die Welt</i></a><span style="font-size: 13px;"> has caused quite a stir in the media and in Tibetan communities across the globe.</span></p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/end-dalai-lama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/end-dalai-lama#comments China Dalai Lama News Politics Tibet Tibetan Buddhism Tricycle Politics Tibetan Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:50:12 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45742 at http://www.tricycle.com Going Back to the Source http://www.tricycle.com/blog/going-back-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>A conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><center></center><center></center><center><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/105443059?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center><br /> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Stephen Batchelor</strong> and <strong>Henry Shukman</strong>, both&nbsp;<em>Tricycle</em> contributing editors, sat down for a thoroughgoing conversation at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on "Going Back to the Source." Batchelor is a widely published scholar who has trained formally in Tibetan, Theravada, and Zen Buddhism. Shukman, meanwhile, is the head teacher at Mountain Cloud and an accomplished poet and novelist.</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/going-back-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/going-back-source#comments Buddhist Teachings Film Meditation Video Zen Zen (Chan) Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:36:47 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45727 at http://www.tricycle.com The Reluctant Mystic http://www.tricycle.com/blog/reluctant-mystic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roberta Werdinger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>A review of Barbara Ehrenreich's&nbsp;<em>Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div style="text-align: center;"><center><img src="/sites/default/files/images/EhrenreichCover_0.png" width="265" height="400" style="margin-top: 7px; margin-bottom: 7px; vertical-align: middle;"></center></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything<br>&nbsp;</strong>By Barbara Ehrenreich<br>Grand Central Publishing</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">256 pp.; $26.00 cloth</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"></p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/reluctant-mystic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/reluctant-mystic#comments Books & Media Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:56:56 +0000 Max Zahn 45693 at http://www.tricycle.com Direct and Gradual http://www.tricycle.com/direct-and-gradual <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Master Huineng </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Platform Sutra</em> tells the story of how, after a split in the sangha, the Northern school sends a spy to steal teachings from its southern counterpart.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/DirectandGradual2.png" alt="" width="548" height="397" style="margin: 7px auto; vertical-align: middle; display: block;"></span></p> <p><em>The </em>Platform Sutra<em>, a classic of Zen Buddhism attributed to the Sixth Patriarch Huineng, tells the story of the aftermath of the religion's split into two schools: Northern and Southern. In this selection, the Northern Master Shenxiu sends a spy to gather teachings from the Southern Master Huineng. But the reconnaissance does not go as planned.—Ed.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/direct-and-gradual" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/direct-and-gradual#comments Zen (Chan) Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:08:53 +0000 Max Zahn 45524 at http://www.tricycle.com Dharma in Action http://www.tricycle.com/blog/dharma-action <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ven. Santussika Bhikkhuni </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Our collective economic practices are endangering life on Earth. It’s time to set a new course through collective action.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/GS134033.jpg" width="570" height="380"></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">As our dharma practice deepens, it begins to inform and influence everything we do, including how we engage with the important moral and social issues of our times.</span></span></p> <p>At this moment in human history, the unrestrained extraction and burning of fossil fuels has brought us, in the industrialized nations, to the point where we are contaminating and pillaging the Earth to such an extreme that we are endangering all life on this planet. Nothing could be further from the intention and practice of dharma.</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/dharma-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/dharma-action#comments climate change economy Environment Events People's Climate March Politics Social Justice Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:34:16 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45689 at http://www.tricycle.com What's in a Word? http://www.tricycle.com/blog/whats-word <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah K. C. Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>The trials of a major effort to translate Tibetan scripture into English</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/8400.jpg" width="550" height="368" style="vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 7px; margin-bottom: 7px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p>Terminology. Syntax. Diction. All words likely to send my mind wandering. And yet there I was, at the conference of 84000: Translating the Words of Buddha, in Bodhgaya, India, in a room full of high lamas and scholars who were convening to determine how to transmit Mahayana teachings to the world. It wasn’t just important. It was fascinating.</p> </p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/whats-word" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/whats-word#comments Buddhism Tibetan Buddhism translation Tibetan Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:05:49 +0000 Daisy Radevsky 45665 at http://www.tricycle.com Beware the Charismatic Guru http://www.tricycle.com/blog/beware-charismatic-guru <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John Snelling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cultic gurus do not liberate their followers but entrap them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><i style="font-size: 13px;">The following article by John Snelling (1943-1992) was first published in 1982. As reports of abusive teacher-student relationships in Buddhist communities continue to surface, Snelling’s essay remains just as relevant today. We hope that its republication here, along with the suggested readings that follow, will provide further food for thought. —Ed.</i><br><br>Of course, in following a spiritual path—as in anything in life—one needs information, support, and the guidance of experienced people. We could call those who supply these essentials <i>teachers</i>—though perhaps <i>spiritual friends</i> is a better term. Traditionally in both East and West such people have lived modestly and often in seclusion, avoiding the public gaze. Some, however, on account of their very rare gifts and achievements, attained fame and sizeable followings. The Buddha is an example from the distant past, Sri Ramana Maharshi from more recent times.</p> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-member-only-comments"> <div class="field-label">Member-only Comments:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/beware-charismatic-guru" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/beware-charismatic-guru#comments Buddhism guru teacher-student relationship Community Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:35:37 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45649 at http://www.tricycle.com