Buddhism

  • Good! - Daily Dharma, September 15th, 2009 Paid Member

    When you ask accomplished teachers how they are, they always say, “Good, good, very good” — always good. Many people say that they feel dishonest saying they are good when in fact they have problems. But what we are talking about here is developing a fundamental sense of strength and well-being. Wouldn’t it be better to associate our mind with that rather than with all the fleeting emotions and physical sensations we experience throughout the day? What is the point of being honest about something so fleeting and impossible to pin down? More »
  • Pema Chödrön and William Alexander in two new discussions on the Tricycle Community Paid Member

    The Tricycle Book Club will be discussing Pema Chödrön's latest book, Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. More »
  • Lama Surya Das on Why We Sit Paid Member

    In meditation we seem to be sitting by ourselves, but we do not sit just for ourselves. By focusing our attention on the breath, the body, thoughts, feelings, and sensations, or any other facet of our experience in meditation, we become more mindful—not mindless—through the transformative power of moment-to-moment alertness and presence of mind. Instead of absentmindedly stumbling through life like sleepwalkers, we can use contemplative practice to achieve extraordinary insight into ourselves and the world in which we live; to inhabit and appreciate more fully the here and now; to free our minds and open our hearts, and to relax into our natural state. The cultivation of mindfulness helps us wake up to things as they are rather than as we would like them to be. More »
  • The Simplicity of Attachment Paid Member

    We don't have to let go, we simply have to not hold on. –Joseph Goldstein, from “Empty Phenomena Rolling On,” Tricycle, Winter 1993 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    Dalai Lama to visit region at heart of Sino-Indian conflict Paid Member

    As previously mentioned on this blog, the region of Tawang, near Bhutan, is located in disputed territory: both China and India claim it, though India currently contorls it. Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama and home to a large Tibetan Buddhist monastery, the region's Tibetan flavor and culture makes it a particular thorn in China's side. Now comes the news, that, hard on the heels of his visit to Taiwan, the current (14th) Dalai Lama is preparing to visit Tawang in November. China objects. "China doesn't need to worry about the trip. More »
  • Focus Your Lens Paid Member

    Action isn't a burden to be hoisted up and lugged around on our shoulders. It is something we are. The work we have to do can be seen as a kind of coming alive. More than some moral imperative, it's an awakening to our true nature, a releasing of our gifts. This flow-through of energy and ideas is at every moment directed by our choice. That's our role in it. We're like a lens that can focus, or a gate that can direct this flow through by schooling our intention. In each moment we can give it direction. –Joanna Macy, from “Schooling Our Intention,” Tricycle, Winter 1993 More »