Buddha

  • Day 2: The Great Meditation Challenge Paid Member

    As we've no doubt hammered home by now, the 28-Day Meditation Challenge has begun. Some of you have complained about too many exclamation points, so I'll try to take a calmer approach, which our daily staff meditation here in the office will no doubt support. More »
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    The Tricycle Gallery: Hotei as a Kite Paid Member

    Have you visited the Tricycle Gallery lately? We have two major collections to visit and are hard at work on a third. The first gallery is Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art. The second contains the paintings, drawings, and calligraphy of Rinzai Zen master Hakuin, which appears courtesy of Japan Society. More »
  • Why is there so much snow this winter? Paid Member

    The Buddha was known for occasionally frustrating his questioners with silence, which led to accusations of his ignorance about the topic being pursued. But to think this is to mistake the Buddha's intention. From Skill in Questions (the chapter is Questions Put Aside: II): More »
  • Before he was the Buddha Paid Member

    Thanissaro Bhikkhu's book Skill in Questions alternates between Readings—texts from the Pali canon—and Discussion sections—in which the author, a monk in the Thai forest tradition, gives background material and analysis. Chapter 2 of Skill in Questions looks at the Buddha when he was a bodhisattva, or bodhisatta in Pali. (Though the Mahayana is sometimes referred to as the Bodhisattva Vehicle, Thanissaro Bhikkhu takes issue with this, arguing that the desire for enlightenemnt is in the Theravada as well. I'll have to find the reference.) Chapter 2 of Skill in Questions is called The Bodhisatta's Quest and follows the historical Buddha, or bodhisattva, as he is called before his enlightenment, on his journey toward Buddhahood: More »
  • The Rhetoric of Compassion Paid Member

    Most contemporary connotations of the word rhetoric are negative today, but Thanissaro Bhikkhu writes in Skill in Questions that the Buddha's enterprise was essentially a rhetorical one: More »
  • Generosity Paid Member

    Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat, "The Ten Perfections," is now in its third week. The topic is generosity and letting go. Visit the retreat here. (There's a free 2-minute preview of the teaching if you're not a Supporting or Sustaining Member of the Tricycle Community.) One of the best things about Tricycle Retreats is that you get to discuss your retreat experience directly with the teacher. Here's a great comment from this week at the retreat: More »