Buddhist Teachings

  • Praise and Blame Paid Member

    If we really stop to think about praise and criticism, we will see they do not have the least importance. Whether we receive praise or criticism is of no account. The only important thing is that we have a pure motivation, and let the law of cause and effect be our witness. If we are really honest, we can see that it makes no difference whether we receive praise and acclaim. The whole world might sing our praises, but if we have done something wrong, then we will still have to suffer the consequences for ourselves, and we cannot escape them. If we act only out of a pure motivation, all the beings of the three realms can criticize and rebuke us, but none of them will be able to cause us to suffer. According to the law of karma, each and every one of us must answer individually for our actions. This is how we can put a stop to these kinds of thoughts altogether, by seeing how they are completely insubstantial, like dreams or magical illusions. More »
  • Resiliency in Challenging Times Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg and cop-turned-dharma-teacher Cheri Maples are running a daylong retreat at the New York Insight Center on something that we could all surely use more of: Resiliency in challenging times. Saturday, October 03, 2009 $65 for Saturday; $80 for both Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. This daylong retreat is an opportunity to rediscover the resiliency of the human spirit. For many, the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed have become all too common. Balance of heart and mind is the key to sustaining ourselves, especially in the face of daily challenges. The practice of meditation helps to develop three essential skills that cultivate balance: concentration, mindfulness and compassion. This day will emphasize these skills and move us towards deeper care, both for ourselves and for others. It is suitable for both beginning and more experienced meditators. More »
  • Good! - Daily Dharma, September 15th, 2009 Paid Member

    When you ask accomplished teachers how they are, they always say, “Good, good, very good” — always good. Many people say that they feel dishonest saying they are good when in fact they have problems. But what we are talking about here is developing a fundamental sense of strength and well-being. Wouldn’t it be better to associate our mind with that rather than with all the fleeting emotions and physical sensations we experience throughout the day? What is the point of being honest about something so fleeting and impossible to pin down? More »
  • Pema Chödrön and William Alexander in two new discussions on the Tricycle Community Paid Member

    The Tricycle Book Club will be discussing Pema Chödrön's latest book, Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. More »
  • The Simplicity of Attachment Paid Member

    We don't have to let go, we simply have to not hold on. –Joseph Goldstein, from “Empty Phenomena Rolling On,” Tricycle, Winter 1993 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
  • Focus Your Lens Paid Member

    Action isn't a burden to be hoisted up and lugged around on our shoulders. It is something we are. The work we have to do can be seen as a kind of coming alive. More than some moral imperative, it's an awakening to our true nature, a releasing of our gifts. This flow-through of energy and ideas is at every moment directed by our choice. That's our role in it. We're like a lens that can focus, or a gate that can direct this flow through by schooling our intention. In each moment we can give it direction. –Joanna Macy, from “Schooling Our Intention,” Tricycle, Winter 1993 More »