Theravada

The "Teaching of the Elders," rooted in the earliest complete teachings of the Buddha
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    Cultivating Emotional Intelligence Paid Member

    We often feel at the whim of our emotions. Pulled every which way by unstable and unreliable forces, we end up being ruled by feelings that we don’t totally understand, and our behavior reflects this confusion. In his second online retreat for Tricycle, the Theravada Buddhist teacher Josh Korda will show us how to use Buddhist practices to develop the ability to recognize and monitor our emotions as well as to discriminate between drives that are safe to act upon and those best contained by awareness and slowly diffused. With healthy emotional intelligence, we can achieve a sublime kind of liberation: the ability to gracefully hold and express the entire range of our human experience—from positive states such as elation and excitement to negative affects such as anger, fear, and sadness. More »
  • Putting an End to Buddhist Patriarchy Paid Member

    On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, an African-American woman refused to obey a bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white passenger. This simple act of defiance became one of the most important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Before she passed away in 2005, Rosa Parks became a Buddhist—at age 92. One can speculate that this female icon—and fierce opponent of discrimination—chose Buddhism because it lends itself to the advancement of social justice causes. She was right. More »
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    The Mindfulness Solution Paid Member

    A lot of concerns have been voiced lately about the possible harmful effects of meditation practice. The pendulum is swinging back against the story that mindfulness is universally beneficial, and researchers are increasingly cautioning us to look honestly at the cases where people have suffered significant psychological stress and even trauma when engaging in rigorous meditation practice. I would like to push back a little against this pushback, arguing that an important distinction is to be made between means and ends. More »
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    Right Action Paid Member

    For Buddhism to grow in our modern world, we need to do more than teach meditation, preach inspiring sermons, and make the sutras available over the Internet. We are good at studying, publishing, and spreading the word of Buddhism. What we have not been very successful at is showcasing the compassion and selflessness of the dharma by our actions. We have written many more words in our books than what few kind words we have spoken to the poor, lonely, and desperate. We have built so many more temples than orphanages.From “Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Theravada Buddhism,” by Ajahn Brahm. Read the paper in full on the Tricycle blog. Ajahn Brahm is a British Theravada Buddhist monk. Illustration By Roberto La Forgia More »
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    The Seal of Sila Paid Member

    The Pali word sila (“discipline, restraint”) recalls the word “sealant” in English. When you want to close a crack, you use a sealant and seal it off. You lay the foundation for a house and cover all the cracks, so no water will seep in, no insects will enter, and the foundation won’t collapse. As a result, the foundation for your house remains firm and is sturdy enough to build upon. Sila is like that when it comes to meditation. It’s the foundation. Through restraint, through wholesome actions and decisions made in our daily lives, we lay this foundation. More »
  • Fostering Peace, Inside and Out Paid Member

    At the beginning of a new year it is customary for us to express our hopes for peace in the year ahead and to wish each other peace. But to actually achieve peace is by no means an easy task. Real peace is not simply the absence of violent conflict but a state of harmony: harmony between people; harmony between humanity and nature; and harmony within ourselves. Without harmony, the seeds of conflict and violence will always be ready to sprout. More »