Buddhist Teachings

  • Buddha Buzz: Birthday Parties and Abandoned Dogs Paid Member

    Happy birthday to the Dalai Lama! His Holiness turns 77 today. Here he is greeting Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two claimants to the Karmapa's throne, at his birthday party in Dharamsala. And here he is again with some excited birthday revelers. You can see more photographs of the festivities on his official website. More »
  • How to practice right speech Paid Member

    It's not enough to simply resolve to speak only what is "truthful, helpful, kind and timely." After all, we scarcely know which of the hundreds of voices in our head is going to "grab the mic" next. Vajrayana teacher Ken McLeod suggests we begin with a pretty straightforward method in his discussion of verse 34 of the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva. Here's how it works: When you speak, listen to the sound of your own voice as if you are listening to another person talk. When you do this you hear immediately when what you are saying or how you are saying it is out of sync with the situation. If you are angry but aren't unaware of it, you hear the edge in your voice...you also hear when there's fear...or when you are trying to sell someone an idea, or when  you are trying to seduce someone against their will.... There will be a little insistence or insincere charm in your voice. You may be surprised to hear your mother or father speaking..." More »
  • 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 »