Buddhist Teachings

  • You've got a minute left. How will you spend it? Paid Member

    "There comes a point when you know you have take meditation seriously," Ken McLeod says in his discussion of verse 33 of The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. He hits us not long after with, "If you had 1 minute left in your life, how would you spend it?" Then he invites us to really stop for a moment and consider that very prospect, providing appropriate background sound effects: tick, tick, tick... If we're wondering, what with our ambitions, whether we've got the time to practice, practice itself will take care of that: All efforts to gain recognition and attention are undermined by your efforts to be awake and present in your life. They are mere compensations for a fear of death, unmet emotional needs, or the desire to be someone. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Mindfulness and Being a Buddhist Woman Paid Member

    As mindfulness has spread into the corporate world, there have been some who have expressed their reservations about it. Is mindfulness being appropriated to serve ends of corporate greed? Is it promoting good business ethics or, as some suspect, merely teaching people to concentrate better on making money? If we take this article—"Corporate Buddhism Training Helps Employees Understand that Job Dissatisfaction and Malaise Are Actually Nirvana"—the answers to these questions are a very frightening yes. From the article: More »
  • The BuddhaFest Dharma Talks are right around the corner... Paid Member

    The Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is happy to present the dharma talks for this year's online festival. Featured speakers include: Congressman Tim Ryan, Tara Brach, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, and more. Below you will find descriptions for all six of the talks as well as a schedule for when they will appear on Tricycle. The talks will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remaining three weeks of the Online Festival.Want to watch all of these dharma talks? Get your Online Festival Pass. Tara Brach and Congressman Tim Ryan The Alchemy of Transformation: Awakening Our Hearts, Healing Our World June 19 More »
  • Every Meow and Zen... Paid Member

    The Tricycle team found this floating around on Facebook...it's originally from George Takei's page. Takei is an actor and gay rights activist. Or you might know him as that guy from Star Trek. Every meow and zen, I feel silly. More »
  • Taking a devotional approach to the Buddha Paid Member

    Last week, Bhikkhu Bodhi led us through a meditation called "Recollection of the Buddha," in which he asked us to reflect on three of nine traditional qualities ascribed to the Buddha. These three are:araham: one free from all mental defilements and thereby liberated from the round of rebirthssamma sambuddha: one who has penetrated the truth and taught others about the true nature of things and the path to its realizationbhagava: the one endowed with numerous excellent qualities who compassionately takes on the role of teacher More »
  • Why do we really criticize others? Paid Member

    For the better part of the last year, Ken McLeod has been offering video teachings on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, the classical Tibetan text by Gyalse Tokme Zanpo (1297-1371). The text offers practical advice on how to follow the bodhisattva path, and Ken's concise teachings on the verses each week are compellingly relevant to the life of the contempoary practitioner. Ken offers wisdom that we can contemplate and apply through the course of our day. This week, he comments on verse 32: You undermine yourself when you react emotionally and Grumble about the imperfections of other bodhisattvas. Of the imperfections of those who have entered the Great Way, Don’t say anything — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. "When we criticize someone else," Ken begins, "almost always people listening form a negative impression of you. Even if they agree, you are reinforcing a critical attitude in them." More »