General Community Discussion

  • What led you to Buddhism? Paid Member

    I would like to hear from community members about what it was that led you to become interested in and/or begin practicing Buddhism.I know one man who, after a lifetime of being an "overachiever"—getting straight A's throughout his school years and graduating from an Ivy League university at the top of his class—had a full psychological and existential breakdown, feeling that all the knowledge and skill he had gained was useless because, at a very fundamental level, he didn't even know who or what he was. When he began to study dharma and practice meditation he saw that, "there are some things you just can't learn in school." More »
  • Civil Discourse in a Time of Gunfire Paid Member

    The editors and I had already agreed to hold an online conversation about "civil discourse" with the Tricycle Community.  Then, in a tragic coincidence, the shootings in Tucson brought the subject into painfully sharp focus.  The topic has been the theme of my own engagement with Tricycle from the beginning. My first piece, "Above the Fray."  dealt with my own conflicted feelings as a political writer and activist who found "right speech" and political engagement impossible to reconcile. More »
  • Gifts That Keep Giving, December 2010 Paid Member

    A discussion with Joan Duncan Oliver The holidays are coming. Time to draw up your gift list. Forget cashmere lap robes, chronometer watches, that scented candle your assistant will only re-gift to her grandmother. Expensive, unimaginative presents are so last year. The Buddhist spirit of giving—dana—is about generosity, not booty. We need to think outside the Tiffany box. Conscious consuming today means not just buying less but being mindful of your footprint on the earth. “Green” etiquette says the best present is one that doesn’t pollute, doesn’t exploit resources, causes no harm, helps someone in need—and may even burnish your karma. When you plunk down your credit card, make it truly count. More »
  • The Yoga of Creativity Paid Member

    Materials for online discussion: The Yoga of Creativity: What’s the relationship between meditative practice and the artist’s journey? Anne Cushman is the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, the tale of a would-be yoga teacher’s hilarious and ill-fated quest for spiritual awakening in India, which was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten First Novels” of 2008. She co-directs the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Her essay “The Yoga of Creativity” in the current issue of Tricycle describes how her meditation and yoga practice helped her reclaim her creative voice as a storyteller—and explores the challenges she has faced while integrating her artistic and spiritual lives. More »