Buddhism

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    Just Now Paid Member

    The mind can do wonderful and unexpected things. Meditators who are having a difficult time achieving a peaceful state of mind sometimes start thinking, “Here we go again, another hour of frustration.” But often something strange happens; although they are anticipating failure, they reach a very peaceful meditative state. My first meditation teacher told me that there is no such thing as a bad meditation. He was right. During the difficult meditations you build up your strength, which creates meditation for peace. We may want to spend much time—months or even years—developing just these first two preliminary stages, because if we can reach this point, we have come a long way indeed in our meditation. In that silent awareness of “just now,” we experience much peace, joy, and consequent wisdom. -Ajahn Brahm, "Stepping Towards Enlightenment," from the Fall 2006 Tricycle. More »
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    Do people really want to be happy? Paid Member

    In his Guardian review of Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing, a critique of the failures of the free market, political philosopher John Gray doesn't seem to have much hope for Buddhism as a cure for bubble economies. It'd help, he says, if enough people would give up their wants, but he doubts that's about to happen any time soon. If, as the Dalai Lama says, everyone is looking for happiness, they might try giving up the endless pursuit of pleasure and find it. But Gray poses a leading question: Do people really want to be happy? He writes: Oscar Wilde may have been right that people know the price of everything and the value of nothing, a remark [Raj] Patel cites at the start of his book, and which gives him its title. But what is value if it is not price? More »
  • 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 »