Tricycle Blog

Our daily diary of the global Buddhist movement Subscribe to feed
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 25, 2013

Lovingkindness: Final Week of Sharon Salzberg's Retreat

In this final week of Sharon Salzberg's retreat, "Lovingkindness," she discusses how the practice of lovingkindness meditation can transform our "default narrative," our involuntary tendency to see things in a negative way. Common feelings of alienation, exclusion, doubt, and fear can all be reconfigured through this powerful practice of challenging where our attention goes habitually. Sharon introduces the practice as a type of experimentation—by challenging our attention to expand instead of fixate, we can begin to condition it away from unhealthy narratives and towards a more gratifying sense of connection and interdependence. She concludes the retreat with a guided lovingkindness meditation. More »
Tricycle Community 1 comment

February 23, 2013

The Dharma is Out of Control

Dr. Jay Michaelson
The Wisdom 2.0 conference, a four-day gathering of the Silicon Valley crowd to address the intersections of spirituality, mindfulness, and technology, is taking place this weekend. Author and conference attendee Jay Michaelson will be blogging his experiences at the summit here on the Tricycle blog throughout the weekend. At Wisdom 2.0 today, I was talking with a senior dharma teacher, a veteran of the scene for thirty-odd years. “It used to be,” he told me, “that you could pretty much know everything that was going on in the American Buddhist scene. Now, it’s grown so much that that’s impossible, and it’s totally out of our control—and that’s okay.” More »
Tricycle Community 1 comment

February 22, 2013

Who's Afraid of Wisdom?

Dr. Jay Michaelson
The Wisdom 2.0 conference, a four-day gathering of the Silicon Valley crowd to address the intersections of spirituality, mindfulness, and technology, is taking place this weekend. Author and conference attendee Jay Michaelson will be blogging his experiences at the summit here on the Tricycle blog throughout the weekend. Is California afraid of California? More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 22, 2013

Buddha Buzz: Buddhist-Muslim Relations and a Harlem Shake Koan

Alex Caring-Lobel
Many predominantly Buddhist countries in lower Asia are also home to substantial populations of Muslims. Likewise, a number of Muslim countries are home to Buddhist minorities. Majority-minority relations can be contentious, but add ethno-religious lines to the mix and things can easily degenerate from prejudicial policy-making to unbridled violence. (Take Rakhine Buddhist violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma, for example, which Tricycle covers in its most recent issue.) More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 22, 2013

Meditation Month, Day 22: Buddhist Black Sheep

I'm my family's Buddhist black sheep. When I decided to go to Nepal some years ago to study at a Tibetan Buddhist shedra, my parents and most of my friends, none of whom are particularly religious, thought I was nuts. Granted, they were entertained—never have my Facebook statuses, which mostly centered around monks playing badminton with me, been so popular—but no one took it very seriously. When I came back from Nepal and my loved ones noticed that I was, as a matter of fact, very serious about Buddhism, I was treated to a series of lectures about what my friends and family viewed as the worrisome trend of my declining ambition. (Actually, that's putting it a lot more eloquently than it was in reality. It was more of a derisive, "What are you going to do, Emma? Be a Buddhist as a career?") More »
Tricycle Community 3 comments

February 22, 2013

Wisdom 2.0 Opens With a Challenge

“I hope we won’t be self-congratulatory this weekend.” Dr. Jay Michaelson
The Wisdom 2.0 conference, a four-day gathering of the Silicon Valley crowd to address the intersections of spirituality, mindfulness, and technology, began yesterday. Author and conference attendee Jay Michaelson will be blogging his experiences at the summit here on the Tricycle blog throughout the weekend. Like many future Buddhists, I played ultimate Frisbee in college. Back then, there was a movement to make Ultimate an Olympic sport—a movement that ultimately failed because the hippies who made up the Ultimate Players’ Association didn’t want their countercultural niche invaded by the mainstream. More »
Tricycle Community 1 comment

February 21, 2013

Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Why Paintings Are Made, Part 1

Jeff Watt
Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. Click on the images to see larger versions. Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Why Paintings Are Made, Part 1 More »
Tricycle Community 2 comments

February 21, 2013

Can mindfulness change a corporation?

Emma Varvaloucas
Over at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship website, frequent Tricycle contributor David Loy has published a letter, "Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?" to William George, a Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil board member who has been meditating since 1974 and frequently advocates for the introduction of mindfulness techniques into the American corporate world. More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 21, 2013

Meditation Month, Day 21: Acknowledging Anger

It was only a few years ago that I realized just how angry I was. I had been immersed in Buddhist practice for some time, but was in the habit of glossing over the token “Anger” chapter in Buddhist practice literature. In Tricycle’s “Dealing with Anger”-type articles I would maybe read the pull quotes and move on to the next piece. I would acknowledge a point well made, but operated under the entrenched assumption that it didn’t really apply to me, or that if it did, it wasn’t the main area I needed to focus on; there were other qualities and realizations and mental states that required development and my immediate, unwavering attention. More »
Tricycle Community 1 comment

February 20, 2013

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi on his Gradual Awakening to Politics

Alex Caring-Lobel
In the current issue of Parabola, Theravada Buddhist monk and teacher Bhikkhu Bodhi writes about his spiritual journey—from his solitary quest toward personal liberation to a life of politics and social action. Believing that he could most benefit the world by working on himself, Bhikkhu Bodhi retreated to a monastery in Sri Lanka, only to later discover, through contact with the eminent Ven. Nyanaponika, that the manifestations of the mental defilements which wreak havoc on both the individual and the world called for precise social investigation and the development of social conscience. He also came to notice at this time "a perceptible disconnect between the reckless courses along which the world was careening and the complacent, almost self-absorbed attitudes...among many American Buddhists": More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 19, 2013

Treasury of Lives: Origins of the Ngor Lineage

Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition. More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 18, 2013

Mindfulness And Emotions: Third Week of Sharon Salzberg's Retreat

In this third week of Sharon Salzberg's retreat, "Mindfulness and Emotions," she dives into the mercurial realm of emotional feelings, asking, "Is there a quality of happiness that we can experience that is not subject to changing conditions?" The answer, of course, is yes, which we can discover and develop with the power of our own awareness. We experience all kinds of feelings—from joy to anger to confusion to clarity. The point of mindfulness, Sharon explains, is not to eliminate a certain set of feelings, or to sustain another set, but instead to cultivate our awareness of how we relate and respond to our shifting emotions. "When conditions come together for something to arise, it will arise. How we then relate to it makes of all of the difference." More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 18, 2013

Meditation Month

Exploring Emotions Andy Puddicombe
It's meditation month! Throughout February we'll be offering tips and advice from your favorite Buddhist teachers on how to develop and maintain a meditation practice. Today we have a guest blog post from Andy Puddicombe, founder of Headspace and formerly a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition. He's also Tricycle's old meditation doctor.  More »
Tricycle Community 45 comments

February 15, 2013

Buddha Buzz: Joshu Sasaki Roshi Scandal Goes Viral (Kind of)

Emma Varvaloucas
The news of the Joshu Sasaki Roshi and Rinzai-ji scandal has officially broken into the mainstream media. Joshu Roshi's decades-long pattern of sexually abusing his female students, and the Rinzai-ji association's long coverup of it, was first exposed on Adam Tebbe's site Sweeping Zen back in November—although by many accounts, it was an open secret in Zen circles for quite some time. More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 14, 2013

Five Ways to Renew an Old Love

Over at UC Berkeley's website Greater Good, psychologist, author, and Buddhist Barabara Fredrickson offers us five ways to renew the feeling of love. Fredrickson explains that the feeling of love, like any emotion, is fleeting—she herself was surprised just how fleeting it proved to be as her scientific research progressed. "The good news," Fredrickson shares, "is that love is a renewable resource." In the brief article she lists a number of ways we can continuously re-cultivate love. By learning to generate love at a moments notice, we can create stronger, lasting bonds with our loved ones, or at least get through Valentine's Day...   Read the article here. More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Buddhist Heart Replacement

Cator Shachoy
A few years back, Youth Yoga Dharma founder and craniosacral practitioner Cator Shachoy sent us this "Buddhist Heart Replacement." It's the perfect remedy for those of us suffering through Valentine's Day with pain in our hearts. Click to see a larger version of the image. On the next page, Cator explains the background behind the drawing. More »
Tricycle Community 2 comments

February 14, 2013

Meditation Month, Day 14: Metta Au Natural

Emma Varvaloucas
Oooh, Valentine's Day. The one day of the year that drives fear into the hearts of men and women everywhere. (Or wait, is that just me?)I used to be very anti-Valentine's Day. I liked to whine a lot about the artificiality of forcing ourselves to be loving on some random day of the year, probably because I enjoyed, in a weird way, being angst-ridden, and probably because there's a sloppy gratification and comfort in whining all the time.These days I'm more ambivalent than anything else. Valentine's Day comes and goes and comes and goes. There's not much to it—just another day. More »
Tricycle Community 0 comments

February 14, 2013

Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Who Created the Hindu Gods?

Jeff Watt
Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. Who Created the Hindu Gods? More »
Tricycle Community 3 comments

February 14, 2013

Sex, Love, and Buddhism

A Valentine's Day Interview with Allan Badiner
It’s Valentine’s Day! Depending on how you want to look at it, either love and compassion are floating all around us or it’s the biggest day of giving in to our clinging and compulsions. To honor Buddhism’s often complicated relationship with sex and romantic love, we decided to do a special interview with Tricycle contributing editor Allan Badiner, adjunct faculty in transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Badiner holds a masters degree in Buddhist studies and has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh for over 20 years. His forthcoming book is The Dharmasexual: Intimacy in Buddhism. More »