Buddhist Teachings

  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist Teachers (and Christ, too) on Suffering Paid Member

    It's getting colder here at the Tricycle offices in New York. There's even snow in the weather forecast for this weekend. And as the weather changes and the nights grow longer, it's hard to resist a little wallowing.  There also seemed to be a definite air of gloom and doom this week in the teacher blogosphere. Good thing that as Buddhists we love gloom and doom ("Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair are dukkha..."). Really, though, as teacher blogs Zen Mirror, Open Sky Zen, and Susan Piver's blog remind us this week, suffering might not be much fun but is a wonderful opportunity to grow with our practice. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Teacher Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street Paid Member

    As Occupy Wall Street stretches over the one-month mark, Buddhists from around the blogosphere have been sharing their thoughts about it, and in quite a few cases, participating in the "occupation." These Buddhist voices at Occupy protests around the U.S. run the gamut from lay practitioners, to teachers, to entire sanghas: Nathan Thompson over at Dangerous Harvests has been blogging about his experiences with Occupy Minneapolis, and Maia Duerr has blogged about her participation occupying the present at Occupy Santa Fe. More »
  • All the time we need: Lama Surya Das at the Tricycle Book Club Paid Member

    My thesis is that it's not time we lack but focus, priorities, and awareness. For we actually have all the time we need; it all depends on how we choose to use or abuse and lose it.For example: What keeps you from choosing more satisfactorily how you spend your own time? Is it really true, as so many people tell me, that others take a lot of time? Rather than you yourself giving it to them—work, boss, family or whomever—and that therefore you have a lot of choice, whether conscious or not, in such matters? More »
  • Minding Closely: Observing the body as the body internally Paid Member

    Welcome to your body—it might be a bit different from what you had imagined! This is a powerful refrain throughout the Buddha's teachings on the four close applications of mindfulness to the body, feelings, mental states, and phenomena. In the Satipatthana Sutta, he says: More »
  • Natural Bravery: Week four of Gaylon Ferguson's retreat begins today! Paid Member

    The final week of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, "Natural Bravery," begins today. Throughout the month of September, we've been learning how to work with fear and fearlessness. Week one explored mindfulness of the body, and working with the fear of being with oneself. During the second week we looked at the fear of change, and we used the breath as a way to become familiar and comfortable with the uncertainty of life. Week three we looked at fear itself, and the meditation was to learn how to touch it and be there with it. This week, in "Entering into Creative Action," we will explore two more fears: the fear of open space and the fear of manifesting or being brave in action. More »
  • Week 3 Roundup of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat Paid Member

    Week 3 of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, "Natural Bravery," comes to a close today. This week we've been looking at fear, and learning how to look at it, touch it, and be there with it.One retreat participant, Peter, observes: More »