Buddhist Teachings

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    The Dalai Lama at Radio City Music Hall Paid Member

    We're going to write a lot more about HH the Dalai Lama's appearance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall this week and weekend, but I wanted to briefly relate what he spoke about and two humorous anecdotes he told today. The theme of his teaching was Nagarjuna's Commentary on Bodhicitta (the awakening mind). Therevadan monks chanting in Pali opened the day, then the Heart Sutra (long version) was chanted. The stage was full of monks, mostly Tibetan, but quite a few Theravadan and Korean Son monks as well. There was a detailed discussion of emptiness, but the Dalai Lama's talk began by looking at the following poem, which precedes Nagarjuna;s commentary. The Dalai Lama discussed this stanza at some length. Devoid of all real entities; Utterly discarding all objects and subjects; Such as aggregates, elements, and sense-fields; Due to sameness of selflessness of all phenomena, More »
  • Whose Buddhism is best? Paid Member

    It depends on who you ask. Each school has taken time to assert its superiority by virtue of its "authenticity." In the last issue, Tricycle editor-at-large Andrew Cooper took a historical look at such claims: Traditionally in Buddhism, for a school or doctrine to be regarded as authentic, it must be traceable back to the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Most often this has been done through scripture: schools or movements based themselves on particular texts said to be the Buddha’s teachings. This was seldom only a matter of establishing legitimacy; it was usually tied as well to sectarian polemics about superiority. More »
  • Tricycle's 2011 Pilgrimages to India Paid Member

  • Buddhism and Faith Paid Member

    For about the last seven years Tricycle has been sending out a daily email called Daily Dharma. Each Daily Dharma email provides a short teaching and links to a longer article from the Tricycle Wisdom Collection. Since its inception, Daily Dharma has been one of our most popular features. For today’s Daily Dharma we chose a quote from Hakuun Ryoko Yasutani Roshi, which was taken from an early interview with Philip Kapleau Roshi. In it, Yasutani Roshi (himself a figure of some controversy) unequivocally states that Buddhism is in fact a religion. More »
  • Why do we gossip? Paid Member

    As yourself why you gossip. If you're stumped, Nancy Baker, in "The Buddhist Guide to Gossip," has a few answers: More »
  • "The Discovery of Egolessness" by David Nichtern Paid Member

    Via the Huffington Post, "The entire Buddhist path is based on the discovery of egolessness and the maturing of insightor knowledge that comes from egolessness." --- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche / Journey Without Goal I have heard many times from students and spiritual practitioners of all kinds, shapes and sizes, that if they could only "get rid of their ego," then they could have some peace and taste enlightenment. There are also many "self-help" teachings and gurus who are promoting techniques to "strengthen" the ego -- to ripen and develop one's sense of power, accomplishment and tangible assets -- make you skinnier, more assertive, richer, happier, etc. etc. etc. But the approaches of getting rid of OR strengthening the ego may both share a similar delusion: that it actually exists in some solid and fixed way in the first place. More »