Tricycle - Awake in the World http://www.tricycle.com/blog/stephen_batchelor/index.xml en 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 Monks in Ferguson http://www.tricycle.com/blog/monks-ferguson <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>Six Tibetan monks join Ferguson demonstrators to support justice for Mike Brown.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p class="normal"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/BvRT-MNIAAEJMeW.jpg" width="570" height="428" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> <p class="normal">Tensions continued to escalate in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9. His death set off days of protests and a heavy-handed, militarized police response that has sparked national outrage.</p> <p class="normal">But Ferguson residents got a pleasant surprise on Sunday: A visit from a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks.</p> <p class="normal">“Ferguson was a very heated issue in our backyard,” explained Patty Maher, who is hosting the monks during their stay in St. Louis. “Sunday was their day off. . . . We didn't know what to expect, but they gladly went. And as you saw, their presence was profound.”</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/monks-ferguson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/monks-ferguson#comments Ferguson News Politics racism Tibetan Buddhism Politics Social Justice Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:51:27 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45643 at http://www.tricycle.com What Were They Thinking? http://www.tricycle.com/blog/what-were-they-thinking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rita M. Gross </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Buddhist-feminist scholar responds to an all-male panel on the “risks and benefits” of opening Buddhist leadership to women</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.patheos.com/Public-Square" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/PATHEOSPANEL.png" width="450" height="490" style="margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></span></a></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/what-were-they-thinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/what-were-they-thinking#comments Buddhism feminism Social Justice Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:02:32 +0000 Emma Varvaloucas 45639 at http://www.tricycle.com Gross National Happiness: On the Ground in Bhutan http://www.tricycle.com/blog/gross-national-happiness-ground-bhutan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Q&amp;A with journalist Madeline Drexler</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/Tricycle-Martha-Henry-Q-%26-A-mbd-photo-3.jpg" width="280" height="509" style="float: right; margin: 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/gross-national-happiness-ground-bhutan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/gross-national-happiness-ground-bhutan#comments bhutan Buddhism economy GNH Gross National Happiness Interview Politics Tibetan Buddhism Travel Politics Tibetan Health Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:24:49 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45621 at http://www.tricycle.com Now Showing: Satori http://www.tricycle.com/blog/now-showing-satori <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Robbins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>For America's favorite irreverent writer, Robin Williams's <em>The Fisher King</em> is an unbidden, instantaneous round-trip ticket to satori.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/RobinWilliamsFISHERKING.jpg" width="570" height="314" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></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/now-showing-satori" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/now-showing-satori#comments Film Humor memoir Movies Robin Williams Tom Robbins Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:28:51 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45617 at http://www.tricycle.com Moving from a Culture of Death to a Culture of Life http://www.tricycle.com/blog/moving-culture-death-culture-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi </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 mere change in technologies will not suffice to avert climate change.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/crystalclaritymarch.jpg" width="570" height="720" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></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/moving-culture-death-culture-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/moving-culture-death-culture-life#comments climate change Environment Events new york city People's Climate March Politics Social justice Tricycle Community Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:08:19 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45615 at http://www.tricycle.com Do We Really "Have No Choice"? http://www.tricycle.com/blog/do-we-really-have-no-choice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephen Fulder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An Israeli Buddhist argues that if we truly yearned for peace, we would respect human dignity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/endlesswar.jpg" width="570" height="254" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></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/do-we-really-have-no-choice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/do-we-really-have-no-choice#comments Buddhism Buddhist Teachings Gaza Israel Palestine Politics Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:38:50 +0000 Emma Varvaloucas 45593 at http://www.tricycle.com Breathless http://www.tricycle.com/blog/breathless <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meikyo Robert Rosenbaum </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sooner or later, whether from panic or in our final hour, each of us will find ourselves breathless. A former neuropsychologist offers three tips for when awareness of breath becomes difficult or even impossible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/0805blog2.png" width="570" height="380" style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></p> <p>Many meditators learn first to focus on the breath, following it mindfully in the manner described in the <i>Satipatthana Sutta</i>; counting breaths in a way frequently taught at Zen centers; or using one of the many methods of <i>pranayama</i> from yoga. None of these work very well when breathing is compromised.</p> <p>I recently recovered from a bout of pertussis (“whooping cough”)—what the Chinese call the hundred-day cough. For three months my meditation was marked by a heavy chest and constricted bronchioles, and deep breaths would bring on paroxysms of coughing.</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/breathless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/breathless#comments awareness breath Buddhism Meditation Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:01:47 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45547 at http://www.tricycle.com A Shamarpa without Borders http://www.tricycle.com/blog/shamarpa-without-borders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ralph Frammolino </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After over a month of political turmoil, the 14th Shamar Rinpoche is cremated in Nepal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">KATHMANDU, Nepal—It was the kind of ceremony that the honored guest seemed to be directing from the Beyond: thousands of students and admirers, from peons to a Nepalese government minister, converging on a half-built monastery to attend the traditional cremation rite of a vajra master that, even in death, stirred up an international fuss.</span></p> <p>They came to honor the 14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952–2014), a spiritual force who understood that staying true to his calling as the second-highest ranking lama of the Karma Kagyu order wouldn't win him any dharmic popularity contests. To many, he was a polarizing figure, an uncompromising traditionalist.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/cremation-1-blogFIN.jpg" width="550" height="825" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></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/shamarpa-without-borders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/shamarpa-without-borders#comments Buddhism In Memoriam kagyu Karma Kagyu nepal Tibetan Buddhism Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:13:46 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45523 at http://www.tricycle.com Joshu Sasaki Roshi, Rinzai Zen Master, Dies at 107 http://www.tricycle.com/blog/joshu-sasaki-roshi-rinzai-zen-master-dies-107 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Oppenheimer </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 influential teacher leaves a mixed legacy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On Sunday, Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist who came to the United States in 1962 and went on to become one of the country’s most influential, if not most controversial, Zen teachers, died at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles. He was 107 years old.</p> <p>Although said to have no dharma heirs, Joshu Roshi had legions of followers who founded about 30 Zen centers, from Seattle to Oslo, Vancouver to Berlin, some of which later closed. He led a large center in Los Angeles and two training centers in the Southwest, one in New Mexico and one at Mount Baldy, in the mountains east of Los Angeles. The poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen lived at Mount Baldy in the 1990s, lending his teacher a semimythic status among spiritually inclined rock fans.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/Joshu_Sasaki_Roshi.jpg" width="250" height="373" style="margin: 7px; float: right;"></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/joshu-sasaki-roshi-rinzai-zen-master-dies-107" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/joshu-sasaki-roshi-rinzai-zen-master-dies-107#comments In Memoriam News Rinzai Zen Zen Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:33 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45516 at http://www.tricycle.com From Monastery to Marketplace http://www.tricycle.com/blog/monastery-marketplace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeff Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mindfulness is no longer just a form of meditation—it’s a lifestyle that can be bought and sold. Is there an upside?</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/0725wilson.png" width="550" height="367" style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></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/monastery-marketplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/monastery-marketplace#comments Buddhism economy Meditation Mindfulness Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:34:08 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45492 at http://www.tricycle.com "Unthinkable" http://www.tricycle.com/blog/unthinkable <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Max Zahn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Dalai Lama speaks out on violence in Gaza.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/world/middleeast/toll-israel-gaza-conflict.html" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Seventeen days have elapsed</a><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"> since the Israeli Defense Forces began air strikes on Gaza, and seven days have passed since the onset of its simultaneous ground invasion. As of Wednesday evening, </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/world/middleeast/toll-israel-gaza-conflict.html" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">700 Palestinians and 35 Israelis</a><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"> had lost their lives—not to mention an additional </span><a href="http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/health-facilities-hit-israels-gaza-attacks-death-toll-rises-over-640-129158985" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">4,600 wounded Palestinians</a><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">.</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/unthinkable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/unthinkable#comments Dalai Lama Gaza Israel Palestine Politics Pope Francis Tibetan Buddhism Social Justice Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:53:02 +0000 Max Zahn 45483 at http://www.tricycle.com McDonald's™ http://www.tricycle.com/blog/mcdonalds%E2%84%A2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bobby Byrd </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A poem in memory of Artemisa Salinas (1932–2011)</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/ArtemisFINAL.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">&nbsp;</span>The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.<i style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><br></i><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">—Seng-T'san, the 3rd Patriarch</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">I got a Zen friend eats vegetarian at MacDonald's sometimes. He likes the cheap coffee. He says, "Don't be a snob, Bobby. What difference does it make?" And he gives me a wise Buddhist smile.</span></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/mcdonalds%E2%84%A2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/mcdonalds%E2%84%A2#comments Humor In Memoriam Poetry Zen Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:44 +0000 Max Zahn 45447 at http://www.tricycle.com Once a Teacher, Always a Student http://www.tricycle.com/blog/once-teacher-always-student <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kythe Heller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The annual festival of Guru Purnima celebrates teachers of all stripes, and the capacity to lead others to enlightenment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><i><img src="/sites/default/files/images/MedShorterCandlePic.jpg" width="548" height="408" style="margin: 7px auto; vertical-align: middle; display: block;"></i></p> <p><i>Guru</i>, usually translated as “teacher,” suggests a transition from darkness (<i>gu</i>) to light (<i>ru</i>), meaning “that which dispels the darkness of ignorance.” One pictures a Hindu holy man with a long beard—charismatic, perhaps tipping toward authoritarian excess. Yet the subtlety of the term, with its Latin cognate <i>gravis</i> (heavy, matured), indicates a process rather than a person, a fruit (enlightenment) that ripens to become sustenance for others.</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/once-teacher-always-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/once-teacher-always-student#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:34:28 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45409 at http://www.tricycle.com Harry Potter and the Mischievous Monks http://www.tricycle.com/blog/harry-potter-and-mischievous-monks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joanna Piacenza </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Thai monks are in big trouble.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p class="p1">Now here are two worlds we never thought would collide: Buddhism and Harry Potter. It appears a few monks in Thailand have mastered the spell&nbsp;<i>Wingardium Leviosa</i>&nbsp;and are ready to play some Quidditch.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/image_0.jpeg" width="540" height="411" style="margin: 7px auto; vertical-align: middle; display: block;"></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/harry-potter-and-mischievous-monks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/harry-potter-and-mischievous-monks#comments Harry Potter monks Thailand Theravada Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:28:00 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45393 at http://www.tricycle.com The Monk Scam http://www.tricycle.com/blog/monk-scam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Daisy Radevsky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Faux monastics prey on tourists in New York City.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/0709monks2.png" width="550" height="213" style="margin: 7px auto; vertical-align: middle; display: block;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">New York’s Times Square is full of people asking for money. Although the neighborhood has lost just about all its grit, scams of all sorts still crop up in the area, evergreen as it is with vulnerable tourists. The latest breed of scammers, profiled in a recent </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/nyregion/panhandlers-dressed-as-monks-confound-new-yorkers.html" target="_blank" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><i>New York Times</i> article</a><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">, come dressed in monk’s robes.</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/monk-scam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/monk-scam#comments Buddhism New York Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:51 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45377 at http://www.tricycle.com One Way to Nirvana http://www.tricycle.com/blog/one-way-nirvana <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s not just the Buddha Way that’s different—the Buddhist mountaintop is different, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><em style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><em style="font-size: 13px;">This article is the&nbsp;<strong style="font-size: 13px;">tenth</strong>&nbsp;in the Tricycle blog series&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/10-misconceptions-about-buddhism" target="_blank" style="font-size: 13px;">10 Misconceptions about Buddhism</a><em style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.&nbsp;</em></em><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/10-misconceptions-about-buddhism" target="_blank" style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/10mountaintop.png" width="550" height="284" style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></a></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/one-way-nirvana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/one-way-nirvana#comments 10 Misconceptions nirvana religion Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:59:22 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45342 at http://www.tricycle.com How Do We Talk About Death? http://www.tricycle.com/blog/how-do-we-talk-about-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Karen Speerstra </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>In her final days, a writer reflects on the divine art of dying.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><i style="font-size: 13px;">Writer Karen Speerstra was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and entered hospice care in 2013. What follows is a selection from her hospice journal, which appears in her final work,&nbsp;</i><span style="font-size: 13px;">The Divine Art of Dying</span><i style="font-size: 13px;">, out from Divine Arts in September.&nbsp;</i></p> <p><br><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. And how they become butterflies. I chuckle at the </span><i style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">New Yorker </i><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">cartoon of two caterpillars looking up at an airborne butterfly and one says, “They’ll never get me up in one of those!” There’s a mystery about this fuzzy worm inside a chrysalis that holds the potential of flying. What a paradox! I’ve read that the caterpillar completely disappears, except for a few cells that are called imaginal cells. Imagine!</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/how-do-we-talk-about-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/how-do-we-talk-about-death#comments Books Death dying hospice Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:20:10 +0000 Max Zahn 45346 at http://www.tricycle.com San Francisco Boom http://www.tricycle.com/blog/san-francisco-boom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barbara Berman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sound and sight from a longtime poet-resident of San Francisco</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/blog/GS123378.jpg" width="550" height="407" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></p> </p> <p><br>Buzz saws cacophonous mega-hums on west side avenues.</p> <p>Beloveds and I are safe for complicated reasons.</p> <p>Sky beyond our deck still reminds me of late-day Arles.</p> <p>All around. Beyond. Dying in creatively vicious ways.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The screwed out here one kind of huge lewd</p> <p>ringing rising on a bright, dry afternoon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Barbara Berman</b> is the senior poetry reviewer for The Daily Rumpus. She has work forthcoming in <i>99 Poems for the 99 Percent</i>, out July from 99:The Press.</p> <p><i>Image: </i><i>Amani Willett/Gallery Stock</i><i></i></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/san-francisco-boom#comments Art Poetry san francisco Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:24:57 +0000 Alex Caring-Lobel 45335 at http://www.tricycle.com Slow-Motion Satori http://www.tricycle.com/blog/slow-motion-satori <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Zen tradition’s “sudden enlightenment” may not be so sudden after all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><em style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><em style="font-size: 13px;">This article is the&nbsp;<strong style="font-size: 13px;">ninth</strong>&nbsp;in the Tricycle blog series&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/10-misconceptions-about-buddhism" target="_blank" style="font-size: 13px;">10 Misconceptions about Buddhism</a><em style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.&nbsp;</em></em><a href="http://www.tricycle.com/blog/10-misconceptions-about-buddhism" target="_blank" style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/0625misconception10.png" width="550" height="284" style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 7px auto; display: block;"></a></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/slow-motion-satori" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.tricycle.com/blog/slow-motion-satori#comments 10 Misconceptions Zen Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:51:22 +0000 Joanna Piacenza 45320 at http://www.tricycle.com