Buddhist Teachings

  • Short Films Showcase: Today's Featured Films Paid Member

    If you haven't already heard about our Short Films Showcase, we have twenty-five original films all competing for your votes here, trying to answer the question "What does it mean to be Awake in the World?" Voting goes until June 8, when the entry that receives the highest combination of votes and average rating will win $1,000 in cash and two 4-Day All Festival Passes to BuddhaFest. More »
  • BuddhaFest Encore: Hugh Byrne Paid Member

    As we gear up for this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival we're revisiting some of the teachings that made last year's event so special. The following video is of Hugh Byrne at BuddhaFest in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2011. For more information on the upcoming online festival (starts May 29) check out the schedule of films and dharma talks here. Hugh Byrne is a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and somatic meditation teacher based in Washington DC, offering classes, consulting and retreats which give insight into pain management, and healing from trauma. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Zen Teacher and Author Marc Lesser Paid Member

    Today's Tricycle Talk is with Zen teacher and author Marc Lesser, who has written two books that you might recognize: Zen of Business Administration and Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less (now that's a secret I'd like to know how to put into practice). Recently he's teamed up with Chade-Meng Tan, otherwise known as Google's Jolly Good Fellow, to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence classes at Google. More »
  • The Most Organized Man in America Paid Member

    As promised in last week's Tricycle Talk with Andrew Mellen, today we have for you a video teaching with the most organized man in America. Think the state of your living space isn't connected to your Buddhist practice? Think again. Watch Mellen work his magic on my desk below—and see me cower under the principles of the organizational triangle. The video is full of advice on how to approach cleaning your own living space, so best of luck in your own organizational endeavors! I'm happy to report that in the two weeks since my desk got organized that it is still...almost as clean. (What can I say? Like spiritual practice, staying organized requires both diligence and the formation of new habits. And that doesn't happen all at once, you know!) We hope you enjoy watching, and let us know if you'd like to see more Tricycle videos! More »
  • Buddha Buzz: The Cult's Ian Astbury and Some Hard Partyin' Monks Paid Member

    It's Friday the thirteenth (paraskevidekatriaphobics, beware) and what better way to celebrate than with an interview with "smash-and-grab Buddhist" Ian Astbury, veteran grunger and bandmember of The Cult? As the interview begins on the Huffington Post, "It might be argued that the visceral whack of The Cult's brand of heavy, dharma-conscious rock is just the kind of Zen stick a sleepy pop culture needs administered to its backside." I missed the fan cult of The Cult back in the 80s, so I can't really throw in my opinion on this. But we don't have to take the interviewer at his word: we have YouTube! Here's The Cult performing "She Sells Sanctuary" and perhaps whacking you with their dharma-conscious Zen music stick:   More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Professional Organizer Andrew Mellen Paid Member

    Spring for me is always the same. Come March, the flowers are blossoming, the birds are chirping, and the grumpy New Yorkers around me are glaring with slightly less menace. Everything is a little brighter and a little warmer. With the feeling of newness wafting in the air, I finally drudge up enough courage to look around at the mess I've made all winter long and clean. Spring cleaning! It always starts so well. But in an hour I'm quite like the Mole in the first page of Kenneth Grahame's book The Wind in the Willows: More »