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March 01, 2014

In the Face of Tragedy

How are we to approach the crisis of self-immolations in Tibet? Janet Gyatso
The way I want to talk about the current crisis of self-immolations by Tibetans may be risky for a scholar in academia. This is not merely because it critiques how my field has tended to address the topic. More basically, it departs from the usual mode of scholarly writing altogether. I composed the following reflections without an initial plan or even an idea of what I would say. Nor was I sure of their full implications upon completion. And yet, in the particular case at hand, I think the fact that I wrote out of an immediate and even instinctive sort of intuition made an important realization possible. Or perhaps more accurately, what made it possible was that I was obeying an imperative that I had discerned—a demand on myself—to try and say something about my intuition, even if it didn’t stand as an entirely consistent scholarly principle. More »
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February 28, 2014

Meditation Month: The Final Day

The end of our monthlong challenge Emma Varvaloucas
I've discovered an excellent way to end Meditation Month: I'm going to commit to sit through the month of March. Who's with me!? Image: The Trike team in our new offices, which we moved into this Monday. (L-R): Emma Varvaloucas, Managing Editor; Andrew Gladstone, Digital Media Producer; Joanna Piacenza, Web Manager; Alex Caring-Lobel, Associate Editor.  More »
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February 27, 2014

A (almost) Retrospective

Day twenty-seven 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 27, 2014

Talk Isn’t Cheap

The Dalai Lama visits AEI—NeoCons’ high church Max Zahn
The photo op is irresistible. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, donning radiant maroon and saffron robes, sits alongside none other than a fully suited Mr. Barack Obama. His Holiness’s unapologetic, balding head and exposed right bicep are a spectacle in the formally clothed, carefully guarded land of Washington, DC. On display are two very different global juggernauts. More »
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February 25, 2014

"Technology's Mindfulness Racket"

Alex Caring-Lobel
In a new article over at The New Republic, senior editor Evgeny Morozov questions the agendas of tech companies that advocate "unplugging" and technological solutions like apps in response to the digital onslaught that has become a fact of daily life. "We are being urged to unplug," writes Morozov in "The Mindfulness Racket," "so that we can resume our usual activities with even more vigor upon returning to the land of distraction." More »
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February 21, 2014

Meditation Month: Going for the Gold

Day twenty-one 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 20, 2014

Meditation Month: A Caveat to the Caveat

Day twenty 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 19, 2014

Why I Disrupted the Wisdom 2.0 Conference

The organizer behind the demonstration speaks out Amanda Ream
The invisibility of the crisis in San Francisco right now is reminiscent of that of the AIDS epidemic. To quote from Vito Russo, a founder of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, film historian, and rabble rouser, it’s “like living through a war which is happening only for those people who happen to be in the trenches.” He lived in this city when it was a haven for political radicals, queer people, artists, and immigrants, when it was America’s great city of sanctuary. “You look around and you discover that you’ve lost more of your friends, but nobody else notices,” he said. “It isn’t happening to them.” More »
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February 18, 2014

Wet 'n' Wild Buddhism

Vietnam's Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park stirs together Buddhism and water park fun Joanna Piacenza
Yup, there's another one. Last year, we told you about the Buddhist theme park in Singapore that vividly displays the various hells you can get yourself into. On the off-chance that you're looking for a vacation destination that's a little more PG-rated—but still with that Buddhist twist—you're in luck! More »
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February 18, 2014

Meditation Month: You Can Only Do So Much

Day eighteen 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. More »
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February 17, 2014

Protesters crash Google talk on corporate mindfulness at Wisdom 2.0 conference

Alex Caring-Lobel
On Saturday morning at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Karen May, vice president for "people development" at Google, was taken by surprise. Not long after she opened a panel discussion dubbed "3 Steps to Build Corporate Mindfulness the Google Way," protesters stormed the stage, unfurling a banner that read, "Eviction Free San Francisco." Lately, Bay Area activists have been blaming Google and other tech giants (and their allies in government) for displacing residents, and the annual gathering of Silicon Valley's mindful elite presented them with the perfect opportunity for protest.  More »
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February 15, 2014

Less is More

The fewer things you think about at any given time, the more you’ll see right here, right now. Thanissaro Bhikkhu
We spread thoughts of goodwill for all the world, that we don’t wish anyone any harm. We wish that all beings could find happiness. So why are we sitting here with our eyes closed? Why aren’t we going out there, making people happy? More »
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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 »