Buddhist Teachings

  • Tricycle's Pilgrimage to Nepal & Bhutan Paid Member

    Tricycle began its first pilgrimage to Nepal & Bhutan on Sunday in Kathmandu, where 25 of us gathered at the Tibet International hotel, within viewing distance of the Great Stupa at Boudhanath. After settling in and getting to know one another, we spent part of the following day at Shedrub Ling monastery, where the Ven. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche offered teachings. Rinpoche sat before some 300 mostly Western students, some permanent residents, and others hearing teachings for perhaps the first time. More »
  • Do Not Waste Time: Week Three of Caroline Yongue's Retreat Paid Member

    This week begins "Do Not Waste Time," the third week of Caroline Yongue's retreat on preparing for death. In this third installment, Caroline advises us on how to eliminate distractions from our daily routines, how to create new habits to live more meritoriously, and walks us through the Essential Phowa Practice and the Dissolution of the Elements instruction. "When we are in the Bardo of Becoming, we are not guaranteed another human birth. Do not waste this precious human life. Live a meritorious life. This is our rare opportunity to practice the dharma." If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Check out the preview of this week's retreat below: More »
  • New York Insight Community Drop-in Hours Paid Member

    Good news for all you dharma bums in NYC! Our friends (and neighbors—they're just a couple blocks away from the Trike offices) over at NY Insight have opened their beautiful center for community use during the afternoon and evening on weekdays. Drop in to read, relax, or chat quietly with friends. The small room is open for those who want to meditate. Community Hours: Monday-Friday, 2-6pm. Closed for community hours on the following days: Thursday–Friday, November 22–23 Monday–Wednesday, December 24–26 Monday–Tuesday, December 31–January 1 Visit NY Insight's website here.   More »
  • Conveying Our Wishes: Week 2 of Caroline Yongue's Retreat Paid Member

    This week begins "Conveying Our Wishes," the second week of Caroline Yongue's retreat on preparing for death. In this installment, Yongue enumerates a variety of options for near- and after-death care, and advises us to carefully consider these options. They include choices regarding hospice care, funerary preferences, and organ and tissue donation. It is best to evaluate these choices now, with our loved ones in mind, and make a plan and act on it when we are still able. This is the best way to ensure that our loved ones will not be harmed or suffer unnecessary anguish when we pass. If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Here's a preview of this week's retreat: More »
  • New Online Retreat: How a Buddhist Can Prepare for Death Paid Member

    We know, we know: death isn't all that much fun to think about. But since when has Buddhism ever shied away from sharing the bad news? So here at Tricycle, we won't either. The truth of the matter is, we're all going to die someday. And as our new retreat leader Caroline Yongue, a Soto Zen minister from North Carolina, puts it, why not prepare for death now, while you are still able to do so? It's been said in some circles that the Buddha was the ultimate pragmatist. Our November retreat, "How a Buddhist Can Prepare for Death," is just about as practical as you can get about it. Over the next four weeks, Yongue will share with you her insights about planning for your own death, from phowa practice to preparing advance care directives. More »
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Western Connecticut State University Paid Member

    If you pay attention to the Tricycle Twitter, you might have noticed me live Tweeting from a Dalai Lama event last Thursday and Friday. It was an epic Twitterfest from a truly epic event. (And if you don't pay attention to the Trike Twitter, for shame! We're @tricyclemag. Get on that.) His Holiness showed up at Western Connecticut State University last week for a two-part talk: "The Art of Compassion" on Thursday and "Advice for Daily Life" on Friday. The Dalai Lama, now 77, has been on a whirlwind tour of the eastern U.S. these past couple of weeks, dropping by Middlebury College, MIT, Brown University, The College of William and Mary, Syracuse University, and Rockefeller University. I swear, that man has a schedule that would scare a first-year investment banker. More »