Buddhism

  • New book, old bones: Susan Moon at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    Starting June 21, join us at the Tricycle Community Book Club where Susan Moon will be leading a discussion on her latest, This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity.  The book is a collection of essays broken down into three sections: Cracks in the Mind and Body, Changing Relationships, and In the Realm of the Spirit. We will spend two days (loosely) discussing each section and have a final day to wrap things up. From the Introduction: "Wabi-sabi" is a Japanese expression for the beauty of impermanence, the imperfection of things that are worn and frayed and chipped through use. Objects that are simple and rustic, like an earthenware tea bowl, and objects that show their age and use, like a wooden banister worn smooth by many hands, are beautiful. . . . More »
  • Contemporary Tibetan Art at the Rubin Paid Member

    Over at Jeff's Travel's we read: Pema Rinzin is one of the only Tibetan artists that I know who has trained in the traditional way of "tangka" and mural painting and that has also successfully transitioned into contemporary painting while still creating and teaching the so-called traditional art. Jeff, ever emphasizing the importance of Buddhism's visual culture (apparently, we don't publish enough of it), let's us know that a show featuring Pema's and other contemporary Tibetan painters' work will be opening at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on June 11. You can find more of Jeff's thoughts on Pema's work here. But don't expect a lot of theory. As Jeff writes: More »
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    Change Your Mind Day 2010 Paid Member

    Change Your Mind Day 2010 will be on Saturday, June 5th. That day. we'll post a video from each of our Tricycle Retreats on the Change Your Mind Day page. The videos feature Sharon Salzberg, Stephen Batchelor, Gelek Rimpoche, and Ken McLeod. The CYMD page itself will give you a sense of the history of the event. The Open Music Ensemble will be performing (and holding a meditation workshop) on two Saturdays in June at the Interdependence Project. The first will be on Change Your Mind Day. The second date will be Saturday, June 26th. Please send us your Change Your Mind Day-related news here! More »
  • Knowing the story doesn't solve it Paid Member

    A few days ago I posted an interview with Jack Kornfield and said I'd post an earlier interview with him soon. Well, here it is. The interview was given in 2000, around the time Kornfield's After the Ecstasy, The Laundry appeared. Here are two excerpts that will give you an idea of some of the modes of practice Jack was thinking about and teaching nearly a decade before the later interview. More »
  • Who discovered tea? Paid Member

    Was it Bodhidharma (the Indians and Zen Buddhists think so) or Emperor Shen Nung (all of China thinks so) who discovered tea? The emperor found that it kept his soldiers alert, while Bodhidharma, marathon meditator that he was, discovered that it helped keep him awake in meditation (in his commitment to stay awake, Bodhidharma severed his eyelids, from which sprang forth the first tea plant). You decide whose uses are most noble. So who was it? It'll depend on where you are when you ask—in other words, there is no answer—but there are good and reliable tips for everything from choosing the right tea to brewing a cup to cleaning your teapot. More »
  • The World Without Us Paid Member

    I came across an Elephant Journal tweet that took me to this, by Jay Winston: Hell, pumping every kind of toxin into our ground, air, and water while carelessly wasting every natural resource we can find is perhaps the single most defining characteristic of human society. Nonetheless, in big-picture terms, our total effect on Mother Earth really hasn’t amounted to anything more serious than a bad case of planetary eczema or psoriasis. And, the way things are going, we won’t be bothering her for long. More »