• Sustainable Compassion for Those Who Serve Paid Member

    Social service professionals are exhausted.  Forty- to fifty-percent of teachers quit their jobs within the first five years of teaching. Nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals report increasingly less satisfaction in their work. Suicide among social workers is on the rise; clergy suffer from depression and other medical issues.  Part of the problem is systemic—our social service providers are overworked and under-resourced. Yet another part of the problem is cultural, and stems from our beliefs about what compassion is and how we cultivate it.  Compassion is not a self-help technique More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Beautiful Sutras and Old Postcards Paid Member

    Earlier this month, the New York Public Library released 180,000 public domain images, texts, maps, and other materials for view, download, and use.  The collection has quite a few (beautiful) prints from the 16th century Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell—which depicts the Buddhist hell realm of souls being judged after death—as well as travel postcards showing Buddhist monks and meditators in Asia in the early 20th century. Here are a few of our favorite images from the collection: (The Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell, 1594) (The Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell, 1594) More »
  • Tricycle Talks: Buddhism and Psychedelics Paid Member

    In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Allan Badiner and Don Lattin discuss the complex relationship between spiritual practice and psychedelic experiences. They also examine a new wave of clinical research that uses psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD, addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses. Badiner is the editor of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, an inquiry into the moral, ethical, and spiritual implications of blending Buddhist thought with the use of hallucinogens. Lattin is a reporter and author of the bestselling book The Harvard Psychedelic Club. More »
  • Buddha Buzz Paid Member

    Here at Tricycle headquarters in New York City we’re bracing for Winter Storm Jonas, which could dump up to a foot three feet of snow on us by Sunday afternoon. And, if you live east of the Mississippi, you’re likely in for some unpleasant weather as well during the next few days.  This weekend is turning out to be an excellent time to stay inside (if you even have a choice), curl up with a blanket, cup of tea, and catch up on your Tricycle watching and reading. There are three parts of Deborah David’s online retreat, “Living Mindfully,” and a fourth comes out on Sunday afternoon. The talks explore a way to create and maintain a personal mindfulness practice. More »
  • Meditation teacher Stephen Levine has died Paid Member

    Stephen Levine, a meditation teacher and author best known for his work on death and dying, passed away in his New Mexico home on Sunday after a long illness. He was 78. “His heart has gone to God. His light is left here with us. Thank you for your blessings and love and friendship. Namaste,” a post on his website read.  In the 2009 Tricycle article “Living the Life You Wish to Live,” Levine and his wife Ondrea talk about their work to emotionally and spiritually ready people for death using Vipassana meditation techniques as well as discuss why they moved to the mountains to find quiet and work through their own illnesses. More »
  • Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Paid Member

    In the spirit in what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, Tricycle asked Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, what she has been thinking about on this year’s anniversary.   *** It's important that non-black teachers speak to the consciousness of hatred that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. went up against his entire life. As a Zen Buddhist priest of African descent, I have received many requests this weekend to speak, as if King were only speaking to black people or only black people understood what he said. If that's the case I see why his dream has thus far been deferred. What dream? More »