Buddhism

  • Honoring "Silent Mark" Paid Member

    In his recent Tricycle Online Retreat on Green Meditation, Clark Strand told the story of his friend Mark Rogosin.  A one time patent attorney in New York City, Rogosin suffered a mental breakdown and retreated to a simpler life in Woodstock, NY.  Often referred to as "Silent Mark," he was a man of very few words, and whether it was due to his wild scraggly beard or the fact that he once dug a massive perfectly circular hole in the ground for no apparent reason, he was viewed by many as quite the eccentric.  Nevertheless, Mark became famous in Woodstock for inscribing Buddhist characters onto thousands and thousands of stones and promptly gifting them to whoever would accept.  He did this for over twenty-five years until his death this l More »
  • "Wisdom: An Endangered Natural Resource" by Lama Surya Das Paid Member

    Via The Huffington Post, the most recent article by Lama Surya Das, Can you tell me What is Wisdom while standing on one leg? This was the challenge put to a rabbi of old. King Solomon said that wisdom was the knowledge and judgment to know right from wrong. He received his vaunted wisdom from God in a dream; would that we too had such dreams! "Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for he is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold." -- Proverbs 3:13 The Talmud says that the wisest among men is he who learns from all. My father's view on the subject was that it would be wise if I did what he said and didn't say what he did. Wisdom is as wisdom does. More »
  • Joan Oliver interviews Bernie Glassman on the Symposium for Socially Engaged Buddhism Paid Member

    From August 9th to 14th, 2010, the Zen Peacemakers will be hosting “The First Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism”, in Montague, MA.  It will be a gathering of leading Western activist practitioners, sponsors, and academics in this ever-important and growing field. Throughout the coming months, we at Tricycle will be posting a series of video interviews with prominent figures from the world of Socially Engaged Buddhism, beginning with this one with Bernie Glassman, who is a pioneer of the movement, founder of the Zen Peacemaker order, and co-organizer of the symposium. More »
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  • Earth-touching articles from Tricycle Paid Member

    Mara is tired and cranky. The demon tempter has tried everything in his power to prevent this sitting man from attaining his goal, and now he’s finally out of tricks. In a desperate last hurrah to stop Siddhartha he sputters: So you think you’re going to wake up, do you? Go on then, become a Buddha. Who cares? Who is here to vouch for your achievement? I demand to know, wise guy: who will be your witness? Siddhartha—under the Bodhi tree, who at this very moment is becoming the Buddha—says nothing. In what has got to be the best possible response to Mara’s harassment (it gives me gooseflesh!), the Buddha silently reaches down and touches the earth with his fingertips. Boom. Rivers roar, flowers bloom, and the mountains walk. The earth bears witness. More »
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: Your Heart is like a Flower Paid Member

    As the author of Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh has always been adept at making his teachings familiar for a Western audience. In this recent dharma talk, given at Dharma Cloud Temple in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh speaks in depth about “the Kingdom of God.” Rather than understanding the Kingdom as a place reached after death, Thich Nhat Hanh says that by opening our hearts to the moment we can “touch the Kingdom” here and now. From the talk: It’s springtime now and if we observe we see that there are so many wonderful things manifesting. And if you look at these flowers and ask, where have they come from? They may tell you that they have come from the Kingdom of God. More »