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  • Buddha Buzz: stories, stories, and more stories Paid Member

    In a recent piece for The Telegraph, Tim Stanley wrote about his time in Hollywood. The article itself isn't particularly enlightening, but he did say something about Buddhism and personal narratives that I thought was worth noting: More »
  • What the Water Knows Paid Member

    In honor of World Water Day, here's a poem by Sam Hamill from the pages of Tricycle: What the Water Knows What the mouth sings, the soul must learn to forgive. A rat’s as moral as a monk in the eyes of the real world. Still, the heart is a river pouring from itself, a river that cannot be crossed. It opens on a bay and turns back upon itself as the tide comes in, it carries the cry of the loon and the salts of the unutterably human. A distant eagle enters the mouth of a river salmon no longer run and his wide wings glide upstream until he disappears into the nothing from which he came. Only the thought remains. Lacking the eagle’s cunning or the wisdom of the sparrow, where shall I turn, drowning in sorrow? Who will know what the trees know, the spidery patience of young maple or what the willows confess? More »
  • Toni Bernhard at the Tricycle Book Club Paid Member

    The Tricycle Book Club is currently reading How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard (Wisdom Publications, 2010, $15.95 paper, available in all e-book formats). Foreword by Sylvia Boorstein. Bernhard has been actively participating in the discussion of How to Be Sick all this week, and she'll be here through the end of next week as well. Here is an exchange between Bernhard and a book club member: More »
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    10/10/10 Global Work Party Paid Member

    Happy 10/10/10 everybody! From everything we're hearing, today might be the largest day of protest the planet has ever seen. People are working toward climate crisis solutions at thousands of events going on today in 188 countries. Learn more at 350.org. Image: Back issues of Tricycle magazine form "350." Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. More »
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    Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Form Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma, Form is that which is before we project our concepts onto it. It is the original state of "what is here," the colorful, vivid, impressive, dramatic, aesthetic qualities that exist in every situation. Form could be a maple leaf falling from a tree and landing on a mountain river; it could be full moonlight, a gutter in the street or a garbage pile. These things are "what is," and they are all in one sense the same: they are all forms, they are all objects, they are just what is. Evaluations regarding them are only created later in our minds. If we really look at these things as they are, they are just forms. So form is empty. But empty of what? Form is empty of our preconceptions, empty of our judgments. More »
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    Inner Freedom Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma, If we lack inner freedom, any intense sensory experience can generate strong attachments that entangle us. On the other hand, if we know how to perfectly maintain our inner freedom, we can experience all sensations within the pristine simplicity of the present moment, in a state of well-being that is free from grasping and expectation. More »