• The Way of the Green Bodhisattva: Patience Paid Member

    Clark Strand discovered—or re-discovered—the practice of Green Meditation during a long bout of sleep trouble he experienced a few years ago. Looking for reasons why he was having such trouble sleeping through the night, he realized something much deeper and more important: Our relationship to the dark, and to nature itself, is completely out of whack. What Clark was experiencing was not a sickness, but rather a kind of cure for modernity, where our lives are run by clocks and high-wattage bulbs, instead of the cycles of light and dark in nature that guided our ancestors. More »
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    Shall we offer flowers? Paid Member

    Hearing a poet read his own work adds new dimension to a piece of writing as it allows us to listen to the words and pace of the poem the way the author meant for it to be heard. Such is the case with Andrew Schelling's poem "Shall We Offer Flowers?" which was featured as the dedication of merit in the summer issue of Tricycle. Now, hear Schelling---a poet, essayist, and translator---read his previously unpublished poem "Shall we offer flowers?" aloud. You can listen to it here. More »
  • Organic architecture in Ladakh, India Paid Member

    The monastery photo from yesterday’s blog post on Bhutan made me think back on my trip through Ladakh, India a couple of years ago. I went with a friend who was involved with Himalayan Health Exchange, a health care service program that works in medically under-served Himalayan communities. I was so moved by the architecture in Ladakh—it felt so organic, in harmony with the landscape. Here’s a couple photos from that trip and some journal scribbling. Behind the main range of the Himalaya in northwest India, secluded in the south of Ladakh, the mountains of Zangskar rest on a morning blue backdrop. I’m walking through a wide river valley with massive dry, brown peaks calling my attention. The open sky and jagged rock mountains fit together perfectly. When will I be perfect? More »
  • Tricycle Bicycle: Ride-to-Work Week Paid Member

    It’s National Bike-to-Work Week! Didn’t bike to work this morning? No problem, Bike-to-Work Day is this Friday, May 21, so you’ve still got a few days to get organized. I rode to the Tricycle office this morning, and let me tell you, nothing encourages being in the moment quite like merging into traffic after whizzing off the Williamsburg Bridge. Also, if you’re a Buddhist bicyclist you should check out DharmaWheels—an organization that sponsors an annual Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage in Northern California.  This year’s ride, September 25 and 26, starts at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and finishes at Abhayagiri Monastery. It looks awesome! Registration opens August 20. More »
  • Water Work: Can we put the Gulf Coast oil spill into perspective? Paid Member

    A crisis that was already too large to comprehend just got bigger: the Gulf Coast spill might be 10 times worse than anybody thought. Thinking about the 5,000 barrels of oil gushing into ocean a few days ago made my heart sink… now it’s 70,000?! How can anybody possibly grasp the magnitude of this? Joseph McElroy wonders the same thing in his article “Water Work,” a review of both Stanley Crawford’s Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico and Peter Matthiessen’s Far Tortuga, in the most recent issue of Tricycle. His answer? So perhaps to refresh my thought, if not save the day, I find myself turning to small-scale comings and goings. More »
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    Being a Green Bodhisattva Paid Member

    Clark Strand posted the second of his Green Meditation posts about the paramitas, or "transcendent perfections." He began with a piece on Generosity, the first Paramita. This week's piece is on the second, Moral Discipline. In April Clark led a 4-week Tricycle Retreat on Green Meditation, which was itself a follow-up to his groundbreaking article, "Turn out the Lights," in our Spring 2010 issue. More »