Buddhist Teachings

  • Straight Outta Kapilavastu Paid Member

    One day, long after he became a teacher, the Buddha went to give his daily sermon to the monastic community. He climbed on the dais but didn’t speak. Instead, he held aloft a single flower. He waited in silence. The monks and nuns looked back at him as the minutes passed. Finally, a single monk, Kāśyapa, looked at the Buddha. Kāśyapa smiled. As ancient scripture records it, the Buddha said, “I possess the true Dharma eye, the marvelous mind of Nirvana, the true form of the formless, the subtle dharma gate that does not rest on words or letters but is a special transmission outside of the scriptures. This I entrust to Mahākāśyapa.”[i] In other words, “Great Kasyapa is enlightened.” The Buddha got offstage and called it a day. This is the origin story of Zen. Amen, Brother. More »
  • Meditating on Mortality Paid Member

    According to Mike Belsito, who runs a funeral planning website, the word "death" is searched for on Google 68,000,000 times per month. "For perspective," he writes, "that's twice as much as the search results for the word 'marriage'—and more than thirteen times as much as the results for 'happiness.'" When the Tricycle staff were planning our current issue, which features a large special section on death and dying, we didn't know these numbers. But we're happy to learn that we're not the only ones interested in our own mortality. More »
  • A Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide Paid Member

    In today's Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide dharma talk, teacher Gil Fronsdal speaks about service as generosity. It's the perfect reminder for those of us who are feeling stressed and exhausted about shopping for gifts—as Gil reminds us, the result of generosity should be peace, not being burned out and in conflict. If we are feeling the latter instead of the former, we might want to examine whether we're giving in the spirit of selfless love or out of a sense of duty and obligation. If you missed Gil's previous talks, you can find them here and here. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Shamar Rinpoche Paid Member

    Welcome to the latest installment of Tricycle Talks, our audio interviews with prominent Buddhist voices. More »
  • A Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide: Compassionate Gift Giving Ideas Paid Member

    One way to give compassionately and intelligently this holiday season is to widen the net of those who receive the benefit of your generosity by donating to charities and nonprofit organizations. You can forego traditional presents and instead make a donation in your loved one's name, or you can pledge to donate the amount of money you spend on holiday gifts this year to a worthy cause. More »