Books

  • This is Getting Old: A discussion on aging at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    We're discussing Susan Moon's new book, This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, at the Tricycle Community Book Club this week. You can also listen to an interview with the author before moving on to the discussion. Bodhipaksa (known online for, among other things, his Fake Buddha Quotes) calls Susan Moon "one of Buddhism's funniest writers." More »
  • Learning to Accept Not-Knowing Paid Member

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    This is Getting Old by Susan Moon Paid Member

    I'm in the middle of reading Susan Moon's new book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity—and you should be, too! It's the subject of the Tricycle Community Book Club's new discussion. Susan Moon's book is by turns hilarious, thought-provoking, and deeply moving. Aging is about as universal a topic as it gets, no matter how deep our denial is! More »
  • Green Buddhism, Basketball, Gary Gach, and Stephen Batchelor Paid Member

    Green Buddhism James Ure's Buddhist Blog looks at Green Buddhism. With the ongoing horrors of the BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental concerns weigh heavily on us all. James calls the environment "the ultimate middle-path." Similarly Clark Strand's recent columns for tricycle.com describe the way of the Green Bodhisattva, a description of the environmentally awake Buddhist. Clark will continue to write for us on this urgently important matter. Look for his next piece on Green Koans on tricycle.com next week. Garden of 1000 Buddhas More »
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    Stopping to Paint the Roses Paid Member

    After seeing James’s post with nature pictures from Thomas Meyer, I was inspired to share a few images from a book that seems to catch my eye whenever I walk past the art books in Tricycle’s library: True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude by Barbara Bash. An accomplished calligrapher, illustrator and teacher in addition to being a longtime practicing Tibetan Buddhist, Bash created the artwork for this book from sketchbooks she filled during solitary retreats. When I was little I believed vehemently that you either had art skills or you didn’t. This isn't the case. Art, like anything else, is all about practice, and besides, it should be about the process rather than the final product. Try sitting with paint and paper or whatever your media of choice and observing. I am positive you can create something beautiful. More »
  • Happy Bloomsday! Paid Member

    All of the narrative action in James Joyce's monsterpiece of a novel Ulysses takes place on a single day—June 16, 1904—to commemorate the day that Joyce met his wife, Nora Barnacle. Today, fans of the book celebrate that date as Bloomsday. More »