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  • New Downloadable Transcripts for Tricycle Online Retreats Paid Member

    We are happy to announce that from now on, all of our online, four-week retreats will have downloadable transcripts for the hearing impaired. The transcripts for our current retreat with Segyu Rinpoche, and for all retreats in the future, can be found under "Supplementary Materials," on the right hand side of each retreat teaching page. We are also in the process of transcribing our retreat archives.  If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can watch Segyu Rinpoche's retreat, "Awakening the Mind: A Journey for Contemporary Life," here. Not a Supporting or Sustaining Member? Upgrade your account here. More »
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    Guess Who's Buddhist Now? Jennie Garth Paid Member

    Guess who's Buddhist now? Jennie Garth! The paparazzi snapped the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress in Los Angeles on Monday carrying Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness, a commentary on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso of the New Kadampa tradition. So I guess we'll have to wait and see if Jennie is really the latest celebrity to jump on the Buddhist bandwagon. We'll know for sure when she comes out with her own meditation program... More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist-Muslim Relations and a Harlem Shake Koan Paid Member

    Many predominantly Buddhist countries in lower Asia are also home to substantial populations of Muslims. Likewise, a number of Muslim countries are home to Buddhist minorities. Majority-minority relations can be contentious, but add ethno-religious lines to the mix and things can easily degenerate from prejudicial policy-making to unbridled violence. (Take Rakhine Buddhist violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma, for example, which Tricycle covers in its most recent issue.) More »
  • The Dangers of Spirituality Paid Member

    In recent decades, the decline of religious belief and affiliation in the West has been accompanied by a steady increase of interest in “spirituality” and the deployment of the term. The word has come a long way from its Christian roots to encompass alternative and mystic traditions from a number of religious traditions, and, more recently, to denote a kind of lifestyle most often characterized as “spiritual, but not religious.” As the authors of Selling Spirituality, Jeremy Carrette and Richard King observe, “There are perhaps few words in the modern English language as vague and wooly as the notion of ‘spirituality.’” More »
  • New York Insight Community Drop-in Hours Paid Member

    Good news for all you dharma bums in NYC! Our friends (and neighbors—they're just a couple blocks away from the Trike offices) over at NY Insight have opened their beautiful center for community use during the afternoon and evening on weekdays. Drop in to read, relax, or chat quietly with friends. The small room is open for those who want to meditate. Community Hours: Monday-Friday, 2-6pm. Closed for community hours on the following days: Thursday–Friday, November 22–23 Monday–Wednesday, December 24–26 Monday–Tuesday, December 31–January 1 Visit NY Insight's website here.   More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of September 3 Paid Member

    Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink. These days when I read about Buddhism in the mainstream media—heck, when I read about Buddhism in the Buddhist media—it's more like, mindfulness, mindfulness, everywhere, and not a drop of dharma. It's not that I have anything against mindfulness. It's just that I can't jump on the mindfulness craze bandwagon because every time I read an article about so-called "mindfulness" I'm reminded of a visit that Thai forest monk and Pali expert Thanissaro Bhikkhu paid to the Tricycle offices a few months ago. While he was here, I asked him what Buddhist concept he thinks Western Buddhists most commonly misunderstand. He responded, "mindfulness." Oof. We are in trouble. More »