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    "Myself" Paid Member

    Of all the words we use to disguise the hollowness of the human condition, none is more influential than “myself.” It consists of a collage of still images—name, gender, nationality, profession, enthusiasms, relationships—that are renovated from time to time, but otherwise are each a relic from one particular experience or another. The defining teaching of the Buddhist tradition, that of non-self, is merely pointing out the limitations of this reflexive view we hold of ourselves. More »
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    The Dalai Lama on Time Paid Member

    Daniel Goleman: What is the Buddhist understanding of Time? How can we relate our sense of the process of time to our experience of the present moment? His Holiness the Dalai Lama: In Buddhism, the concept of linear time, of time as a kind of container, is not accepted. Time itself, I think, is something quite weak. It depends on some physical basis, some specific thing. Apart from that thing it is difficult to pinpoint—to see time. Time is understood or conceived only in relation to a phenomenon or a process. Daniel Goleman: Yet the passage of time seems very concrete—the past, the present, aging. The process of time seems very real. The Dalai Lama : This business of time is a difficult subject. There are several different explanations and theories about time; there is no one explanation in Buddhism. I feel there is a difference between time and the phenomena on which time is projected. More »
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    Shin Buddhism Paid Member

    We put together a page with some articles on Shin Buddhism from the pages of Tricycle, as well as links to (and excerpts from) other places. Among the highlights: Beyond Religion: An interview with Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom Essential and Pure: Core Principles in Shin Buddhism by Jeff Wilson And there's lots more. Please take a look, and feel free to suggest other links, books and resources! Check it out here. More »
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    The Gates of Compassion Paid Member

    As you walk from room to room in your own home, try to really experience the transition from one place to another. Notice the difference between motion and stillness. Sense how you relate to various enclosures and open spaces. Feel the differences between entering and leaving, if there are differences. Contemplate the thoughts that become caught between places, in the doorways themselves, and think of the people who have walked these paths before you. More »
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    Being the Stream Paid Member

    Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream, so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies. Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally into it. - Gary Snyder, from “Just One Breath, ” Tricycle, Summer 1995 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Read the full article: Just One Breath: The Practice of Poetry and Meditation More »
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    Good Guys and Bad Guys Paid Member

    We all love the struggle between good (us) and evil (them). It is, in its own way, deeply satisfying. Think of the plots of the James Bond films, the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films. In such movies, it’s quite obvious who the bad guys are. Caricatures of evil, they are ruthless, maniacal, without remorse, and so they must be stopped by any means necessary. We are meant to feel that it is okay—even, to tell the truth, pleasurable—to see violence inflicted upon them. Because the villains like to hurt people, it’s okay to hurt them. Because they like to kill people, it’s okay to kill them. After all, they are evil, and evil must be destroyed. What is this kind of story teaching us? That if you really want to hurt someone, it is important to demonize them first—in other words, fit them into your good-versus-evil story. That is why truth is the first casualty of all wars. - David R. More »