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  • Day 4: Snow, Samsara, and You Paid Member

    Day four on the cushion. My thoughts are all over the place. What has to be done today in the office? Is it going to snow this weekend? How will I be OK when my parents die? I probably haven't learned a thing about meditation in all these years. But one thought that I had was a real pick-me-up: I was thinking about, well—don't let this creep you out—I was thinking about you. Usually sitting with my coworkers just makes me feel grateful that I have a job where office meditation is encouraged (and, in this case, not only encouraged but required!)—I see us as a little sangha. But today I imagined you and everybody else out there taking part in the challenge with us this month. My sense of sangha widened out to wherever you find yourself sitting today. This isn't just something nice to say; you can see the widening circle when you drop by the book club. More »
  • Dalai Lama to chair Peacemaking Summit in Newark, New Jersey Paid Member

    Yesterday afternoon the philanthropist Drew Katz, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman announced The Newark Peace Education Summit, a 3-day peacemaking summit hosted by the city of Newark in May. The event is co-sponsered by the Drew A. Katz Foundation and Tibet House US. According to the event press release, the summit will be attended by Nobel laureates, civic leaders, organizations, scholars, and activists from all over the world and will include workships and discussion panels that will focus on peace and nonviolence. The Dalai Lama will attend the summit as a chair and keynote speaker at the event. From the Drew A. Katz Foundation's website: More »
  • The passing of Venerable Acariya Maha Boowa Paid Member

    This weekend word arrived of the passing of one of Thailand's most prominent monks, the Venerable Acariya Maha Boowa (or Bua) Ñanasampanno, also known as Luangta Boowa. Widely recognized as an arahant, or fully realized master, Maha Boowa was one of the last surviving students of the Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta, who is credited with establishing the Thai Forest tradition, which has since spread across the globe. The Ven. Maha Boowa was known for his work helping the poor of Thailand through his temple Wat Pa Ban Tat. More »
  • Tibetan Buddhism and Social Engagement Paid Member

    This panel discussion is from the 2010 International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism. Chaired by Dr. John Makransky, the featured keynote speakers were Lama Pema Wangdak and Dr. Jan Willis. Additional panelists included Acharya Fleet Maull, Ven Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Diana Rose, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.   Tibetan Buddhism and Social Engagement from Carol Beck on Vimeo. More »
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    A Walk to Remember: A grandmother completes a 4,400 mile journey across the US Paid Member

    This morning several Tricycle staff members waded through un-plowed snow drifts from last night's storm to meet Jeana Moore at the Northwest corner of Central Park. We were greeted by Jeana—wearing her trademark reflective yellow vest—and a dozen friends who were ready to join her on the last 3 miles of her 4,400 mile "Steps To-Marrow" walk from Seattle to New York City. Jeana begin the walk on October 19, 2009 in an effort to register donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry (NBMR). Jeana became involved with the NBMR after her granddaughter, Jada, was born with Leukemia in 2007. Thanks to the NBMR, doctors were able to find a donor match for Jada (the donor joined Jeana on the final leg of the walk today). The bone marrow transplant saved Jada's life. More »
  • If you can breathe, you can meditate... Paid Member

    That's the subtitle of the first chapter of Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. Here at Tricycle we've begun the countdown: 5 days until we begin the four-week Meditation Challenge. For details, see yesterday's post. And by way of introduction to Real Happiness, the consummate meditation guide that will serve as our North Star throughout the 28-day meditation period, here's a taste: What is Meditation? Straightforward and simple (but not easy), meditatoin is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware—not only of our own inner workings but also of what's happening around us in the here and now. Once we see clearly what's going on in the moment, we can then choose whether and how to act on what we're seeing. More »