Environment

  • 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 »
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    Taking it to Extremes Paid Member

    Two news stories about ascetic practices taken to the extreme have been making the rounds lately. The first story involves an Indian sadhu who claims to have not eaten since 1940. (The linked article uses the excellent term godman to describe ascetics with powers such as these.) The second story involves the "marathon monk" Endo Mitsunaga (incorrectly referred to as a Zen—rather than Tendai—monk in the story) who completed a 1,000-day circumambulation of Japan's sacred Mount Hiei, outside Kyoto. More »
  • Earth Day: The World Without Us Paid Member

    Happy Earth Day to all! May all beings wake up to the beauty and gravity of our planet! More »
  • Earth-touching articles from Tricycle Paid Member

    Mara is tired and cranky. The demon tempter has tried everything in his power to prevent this sitting man from attaining his goal, and now he’s finally out of tricks. In a desperate last hurrah to stop Siddhartha he sputters: So you think you’re going to wake up, do you? Go on then, become a Buddha. Who cares? Who is here to vouch for your achievement? I demand to know, wise guy: who will be your witness? Siddhartha—under the Bodhi tree, who at this very moment is becoming the Buddha—says nothing. In what has got to be the best possible response to Mara’s harassment (it gives me gooseflesh!), the Buddha silently reaches down and touches the earth with his fingertips. Boom. Rivers roar, flowers bloom, and the mountains walk. The earth bears witness. More »