Buddhism

  • NASCAR Buddhism Paid Member

    You don't normally think of Buddhists as NASCAR fans, but why not? Arlynda Boyer, a lifelong NASCAR aficionado, has been practicing Buddhism for past 15 years. She tells Auto Racing Daily ("Where you get your auto racing news") that she sees plenty of similarities between the Buddha's teachings and the NASCAR lifestyle—both NASCAR drivers and Buddhists, she says, "have to live in the moment." She's even written a book about it: Buddha on the Backstretch: The Spiritual Wisdom of Driving 200mph. More »
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    AARP sees it both ways Paid Member

    AARP took a break from the health-care debate to offer us an impassioned palindrome—of sorts. Take a look. More »
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    The Peace of Metta Paid Member

    The peace of metta (lovingkindness) offers us the kind of happiness that gives us the ability to concentrate. Serenity is the most important ingredient in being able to be present or being able to concentrate the mind. Concentration is an act of cherishing a chosen object. If we have no serenity, the mind will be scattered, and we will not be able to gather in the energy that is being lost to distraction. When we can concentrate, all of this energy is returned to us. This is the potency that heals us. - Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness Did you know that you can join a retreat with Sharon Salzberg right now? Tricycle Online Retreats have begun, and we've launched with Sharon's teachings on Lovingkindness. To hear Sharon's first teaching for free, click here. More »
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    December 8: Celebration of the Buddha's Enlightenment Paid Member

    What to do to celebrate the day that marks the Buddha's enlightenment, or "the Buddha's Big E," as Wild Fox Zen's Dosho Port has it? Here's what Dosho writes before he offers us a ceremony for our home practice: In our tradition, we commemorate the Buddha's Enlightenment Day on December 8th. Zen lore has it that after sitting under the bodhi tree for seven days, the Buddha looked up, saw the morning star and roared his lion's roar, "I together with the great earth and all living beings, attain the Way." You can take part in the do-it-yourself ceremony here. More »
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    Angry Chef Paid Member

    Ed Brown has been practicing Buddhism—and cooking—for the past four decades. Author of The Tassajara Bread Book and subject of the documentary How to Cook Your Life, Brown is known to be, well, peevish, and Slashfood has now playfully dubbed him "the angry chef." Nice little writeup, take a look here. UPDATE: Forgot to mention the deluxe edition of the beloved classic Tassajara Bread Book, released in August by Shambhala Publications. Great Christmas gift! More »
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    Day to Day Paid Member

    Perhaps we'd much rather focus on a great transcendent state of consciousness out there somewhere, waiting for us to achieve it. But it is in how we live day-to-day that an authentic spirituality is made manifest. - Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness Read Sharon's article "A Quiver of the Heart," and see Sharon's Online Retreat on Kindness on tricycle.com More »