Buddhism

  • "The Buddha's actually right here..." Paid Member

    Here's Reggie Ray on Facebook: You read these books on Tibetan Buddhism, and it’s very 
complicated. Has anyone read any
 of those books? They’re very 
complicated. There are a lot of
 stages and paths and different levels, and sometimes you become completely
...confused. Eventually you begin to 
feel that the Buddha’s way up there you can barely see the top of the ladder—and it’s very important to remember that actually that’s a metaphor, and the Buddha’s actually right here. The closer we come to our own heart, the more we have gone through what they’re talking about. More »
  • 5 Day Buddhist Monk Diet? It works. Paid Member

    Here's what we read at Environmental Health News: People who adopted a vegetarian diet for just five days show reduced levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies. In particular, levels of hormone disrupting chemicals and antibiotics used in livestock were lower after the five-day vegetarian program. The pilot study suggests that people may be able reduce their exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals through dietary choices, such as limiting consumption of animal products like meats and dairy. And whose diet did they follow? Twenty-five participants lived in a Buddhist temple and adopted the monks' lifestyle – including their traditional vegetarian diet – for five days. More »
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    Change Your Mind Day 2010 Paid Member

    The first Saturday in the month of June we celebrate Change Your Mind Day, a day of mindful awareness and meditation. Beginning in 1993, Tricycle began holding a free day of meditation in New York City's Central Park, bringing together teachers from all traditions. Since 2007, Change Your Mind Day has been an online-only event for Tricycle, but other Change Your Mind Day events take place across the country and the world. To celebrate this year's Change Your Mind Day, we present three video teachings, by Gelek Rimpoche, Stephen Batchelor, and Clark Strand, from our Online Retreats. You can find them here. More »
  • Sarah Palin, Zen Master? Paid Member

    In his article "Did Sarah Palin Top Rush Limbaugh’s Idiotic BP Oil Spill Remarks?" on ecopolitology, Zachary Shahan suggests the possibility that Sarah Palin is a Zen master. After reading one of Sarah Palin's latest remarks, my mind has almost gone blank. Perhaps she is actually a Buddhist teacher in disguise and these confusing or nonsensical one-liners she puts out are really Zen kōans geared at bringing more people to enlightenment. Here is the one that almost brought me to enlightenment (from Palin's Twitter feed): "Extreme Greenies:see now why we push'drill,baby,drill'of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" More »
  • Buddhist Charities Paid Member

    In our Spring 2010 issue, which contained a special section on Generosity (and Greed), we included spread on Buddhist or Buddhism-related charities and not-for-profits that are doing good work around the world.  We did a second installment for the Summer 2010 issue and are currently working on a third for the August issue. While we are close to complete, we are still open to suggestions. More »