Events

  • Where is the love?: Day 25 of the meditation challenge Paid Member

    In Real Happiness Sharon tells us about one of her students who thought “the whole idea of lovingkindness meditation seemed hokey and rote to her, but she focused on the phrases nevertheless.” I’ve thought the same exact thing about lovingkindness meditation. It’s a group hug, mushy, mawkish. As much as I like the idea of lovingkindness in theory, I’ve never taken it very seriously. I might say to myself “May I be happy,” a few times and think of my mom for a while, but sooner or later—usually around the time I start trying to extend that warm feeling to some jerk or other—it just starts to feel silly and I go back to the serious business of trying to develop concentration. More »
  • Wisdom 2.0 livestream begins today! Paid Member

    Can't make it to the Bay Area for this weekend's Wisdom 2.0 conference? No shirt, no shoes, no problem: You can watch the event live here. The Wisdom 2.0 Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that launched in Silicon Valley end of April, 2010, and brought together people from a variety of disciplines, including technology leaders, Zen teachers, neuroscientists, and academics to explore how we can live with deeper meaning and wisdom in our technology-rich age. The conference addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world. More conferences like it are currently in development. More »
  • At the Book Club: A discussion of Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra Paid Member

    “Munindra’s message is that we can go the distance,” writes Mirka Knaster in Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra (Shambhala, 2010, $21.95 paper, 274 pp.), the first book about the highly revered and influential Bengali Vipassana teacher. It’s a testament to Anagarika Munindra’s character that this message comes across so effortlessly on the written page. Though the book includes previously unpublished material from his formal teachings, it’s the stories and memories shared by his devoted students that fully bring Munindra and his dharma to life. Knaster, a scholar, writer, and Vipassana practitioner, skillfully weaves these teachings and personal stories into 16 chapters, each assigned a specific quality of an enlightened being—from mindfulness to equanimity—that Munindra embodied. More »
  • Clark Strand to speak on 12 Steps of Ecological Recovery at Judson Church Paid Member

    We're all addicted to destoying the Earth. But we don't have to continue doing it. Clark Strand will be speaking about the 12 Steps to Ecological Recovery this Friday at Judson Memorial Chruch in New York City. Read about this exciting event here. You can also download a PDF about the event. Clark Strand's extraordinary movement bringing together ecologically minded people of all walks of life is gaining in force and strength every day—and would you believe it began right here at Tricycle? At least that's what we like to say. Here's a quick look at some of Clark's recent work with us: More »
  • The sun and the wind: Day 18 of the challenge Paid Member

    I haven't sat yet today. It's so nice outside I thought that I might just count my pleasant stroll to lunch as some walking meditation. Although, I'm sure that it doesn't qualify—I was somewhere between autopilot and mindful. I definitely wasn't focusing my attention on my feet and legs, as Sharon instructs us to do in Real Happiness when she invites us to walk "as if your consciousness is emanating from the ground up." However, I also wasn't lost in thoughts of future and past, like I so often am. I saw the man with headphones, shouting angrily at his own reflection in a window (impressive, I know, noticing a screaming lunatic). There was also the Dorrito bag in the tree bed on the corner, the incessant honking of a taxicab. In New York, one is always surrounded by more than enough grit and grime to think "This is a dirty world," but today I was thinking more "What a wonderful world" so maybe this meditation is doing something for me. Or maybe it was just the weather. More »
  • A Giant Thangka in China Paid Member

    Tibetan Buddhists and tourists view a giant thangka displayed on a hill near the Langmu Temple in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province, China February 15, 2011, in celebration of the Monlam (The Great Prayer Festival).Love the contrast between the earth tones and the thangka's luster.  From the Reuters Editor's Choice Slideshow. More »