Buddhist Teachings

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    Daily Dharma: The Source of All Happiness Paid Member

    In this world, all qualities spring from preferring the well-being of others to our own, whereas frustrations, confusion, and pain result from selfish attitudes. By adopting an altruistic outlook and by treating others in the way they deserve, our own happiness is assured as a byproduct. We should realize that self-centeredness is the source of all suffering, and that thinking of others is the source of all happiness. –His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV, from The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace (Element) More »
  • Falling in Love and Feeling Lonely Paid Member

    As an intern at Tricycle, I am also a degree candidate at the New School University, where I am the cohost of a radio show called Sex, Lies & Radiowaves. My partner-in-crime is a gorgeous, free-spirited female with hair that enters the room before she does, and a laugh so infectious it reaches your blood stream instantly.  And guess what… I’m falling in love with her, which is entirely organic and something that I didn’t see coming. However I must confess, there’s a catch. She is not completely available. More »
  • Feeding Your Demons Paid Member

    We all have demons. They're not nasty ghouls or goblins or things with horns—they're worse. In "Feeding Your Demons," from the Summer 2008 Tricycle, Tsultrim Allione describes them this way: Demons are our obsessions and fears, feelings of insecurity, chronic illnesses, or common problems like depression, anxiety, and addiction. Feeding our demons rather than fighting them may seem to contradict the conventional approach of attacking and attempting to eliminate that which assails us, but it turns out to be a remarkable alternative and an effective path to liberation from all dichotomies. More »
  • Sharon Salzberg turns up on Daily Kos Paid Member

    Daily Kos diarist "Geenius at Wrok" has an affinity for vipassana meditation, and today writes at some length on his introduction to Sharon Salzberg's teachings on metta (loving-kindness) practice. GaW even manages to send good thoughts to Sen. Chuck Grassley (überR-Iowa, pictured here)—no mean feat for a Daily Kos diarist. He also adds a political touch of his own, though, which some may consider cheating: May you be free of pain and sorrow. May you also help end needless pain and sorrow caused by pvt health ins. More »
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    Letting Go Paid Member

    The Buddhist notion of non-attachment is probably one of the most challenging concepts for Westerners to wrap their heads around. I know for me, it’s a constant battle to remember that the people, places, things that provoke prolonged—and potentially debilitating—emotional responses, as well as the things that I place a value on, are not actually “real.” As time passes, though, and the longer I spend at Tricycle, it's nice to notice that my emotions come and go very quickly, and trip me up less and less. Still, I notice that certain items, habits, cling more than others. Judy Lief addresses letting go as the Dharma Talk from the Fall 2006 issue of Tricycle. What has been the most difficult thing for you to let go of? More »
  • Homosexuality, Marriage, and Religion in Tibet: An Endlessly Complicated Situation Paid Member

    A post which Tricycle editor James Shaheen recently wrote at the Huffington Post blog has picked up a good bit of attention around the internet.  James's subject was the Dalai Lama's views on gay marriage, which, as he rightly discussed, are quite a complicated matter.  In part this stems from the utterly different cultural and religious assumptions about sexuality that monks raised in traditional Tibetan culture bring to the discussion, vs. the cultural and religious assumptions of Western gay rights advocates (or, for that matter, Western opponents of gay marriage). More »