Buddhism

  • Why Are You Doing This? Daily Dharma, September 28th, 2009 Paid Member

    Before you do anything, you should ask yourself why you are doing it, what is your purpose; what course of action are you embarking on. If the path ahead seems troublesome, perhaps you shouldn't take it; if it looks worthwhile, you can probably proceed. First, check up. Don't act without knowing what's in store for you. –Lama Thubten Yeshe, from “Your Mind is Your Religion,” Tricycle, Summer 2000 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Sit Alone, Sit with Others - Daily Dharma, September 27th, 2009 Paid Member

    By sitting with others, even once a week, we reinspire our practice, while in sitting alone we learn self-reliance. Whatever technique one is using, remember that the spirit of practice is more important than the technique. Finding a way to enjoy just sitting is key. Sitting meditation is a refuge, not a test. –Narayan Liebenson Grady, from “The Refuge of Sitting,” Tricycle, Winter 2003 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Facing Fear - Daily Dharma, September 26th, 2009 Paid Member

    Eventually, we all need to be willing to face the deepest, darkest beliefs we have about ourselves. Only in this way can we come to know that they are only beliefs, and not the truth about who we are. - Ezra Bayda, from “The Three Things We Fear Most,” Tricycle, Spring 2009 Read the complete article. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Improving Upon Silence Paid Member

    The most important step in developing skillful speech is to think before speaking (or writing). This is called mindfulness of speech. Few things can improve the nature of our relationships as much as the development of skillful speech. Silence offers us, and those around us, the spaciousness we need to speak more skillfully. When we speak with greater skill, our true self—our compassionate, loving self—emerges with gentle ease. More »
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    "The Truth About Gossip" cartoon by Max Ink Paid Member

    When we ran Thubten Chodron's article, "The Truth About Gossip," (from which we drew the "Seven Tips for Giving Up Gossip,") we received a lot of mail, but one of the most interesting was the cartoon (one panel of which is below) by the talented cartoonist Max Ink. For some reason it didn't make it into the magazine as a Letter to the Editor but we're correcting that oversight now, and sending Max a long-overdue "Thank You!" Click the picture to see whole four-panel cartoon. Cartoon © Max Ink More »
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    15 Weeks of Dharma Dating Paid Member

    "THE IDEA FIRST COMES up as a joke between me and my Tricycle editor: As a newly single Buddhist mom, why don’t I post my profile on a couple of the new online “dharma dating” sites, and write about my experiences? I find the notion both intriguing and horrifying. For years I’ve mocked the idea of shopping for a mate the way you’d shop for a book on Amazon.com (“Add This Man to My Cart!”). Once, while browsing for a used couch on Craigslist, I popped over to the Men Seeking Women section for a look, and the ads all ran together in my mind: 6-foot divorced sofa, 45, brown hair/blue eyes, overstuffed cushions, slightly cat-clawed, wants to spank you. . . ." Read the complete "Fifteen Weeks of Dharma Dating," by Anne Cushman. More »