Buddhist Teachings

  • Purposeful Action Paid Member

    How can I, one individual in a world of billions, hope to change anything? There are many reasons why this kind of defeatist question comes so easily to us. They include the way we have been brought up, a lifetime of putting up with things that frustrate or dismay us, and painful memories of failed attempts to Do Something. But the fact remains that we are all making a difference all the time. The real problem is that if we’re only affecting things unconsciously then we are probably not producing the effect we would wish for. More »
  • The Myth of Progress Paid Member

    And there may be no "progress" in religion, in practice, or in the Dharma, either. —Gary Snyder   I’ve been hearing from some people recently that Buddhism needs to change to fit with these modern times. I’m not sure what Buddhism they’re talking about. More »
  • A Good Death Paid Member

    The work of our good friend Robert Chodo Campbell was featured in a short article and photo series in the New York Times yesterday. Campbell is one of the Executive Directors for New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, an organization that provides direct care to the sick, dying, and suffering. The series shows Campbell with his friend John Hawkins in the months leading up to and the immediate hours after Hawkins' death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Both the photos and the accompanying article—a brief but moving testimonial from the photographer, Joshua Bright, on the effects of witnessing death firsthand—are honest and sweet, even graceful. More »
  • Die When You Die Paid Member

    Renowned poet and Tricycle contributor Allen Ginsberg passed away 16 years ago today. He used to sing this song he'd written called "Gospel Noble Truths" in this wobbly but painfully sincere voice. His delivery was earnest but freeing. Only Ginsberg could convey such devastating truths imbued with a freeing quality that gives you immeasurable courage. More »
  • New Downloadable Transcripts for Tricycle Online Retreats Paid Member

    We are happy to announce that from now on, all of our online, four-week retreats will have downloadable transcripts for the hearing impaired. The transcripts for our current retreat with Segyu Rinpoche, and for all retreats in the future, can be found under "Supplementary Materials," on the right hand side of each retreat teaching page. We are also in the process of transcribing our retreat archives.  If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can watch Segyu Rinpoche's retreat, "Awakening the Mind: A Journey for Contemporary Life," here. Not a Supporting or Sustaining Member? Upgrade your account here. More »
  • Refuge in the Dharma: A Dharma Talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Paid Member

    In this dharma talk given at Downtown New York Meditation Community last week, Thai forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu describes what it means to take refuge in the dharma. He explains that the need to take refuge in the dharma is predicated upon a sense of danger that always faces us, external danger as well as danger to the mind. Refuge provides protection from both. The ultimate protection, however, is nirvana, which is one of many words for the goal of Buddhist practice. Interestingly enough, other words for nirvana, Thanissaro Bhikkhu suggests, might be translated as "security," "harbor," "protection," or "refuge."   More »