Health

  • DNA Sutra Paid Member

    In the Summer edition of Tricycle, Richard Eskow explores the relationship between genetics and identity in "DNA Sutra: The Genetic Karma of Our Inherited Selves." Moved to action by the possibility that his health is failing, the author sends his DNA away for testing to see what's written in his genes—the scientific "blueprint" of his self. To study the self is to know the self, said Dogen. Our genome is like an ancient sutra. Like a sutra, the genome carries a series of brief coded instructions from the past. Genes guide our growth and bear programmed instructions. To learn more about mine, I laboriously filled a vial with spit and mailed it to a company called 23andMe. Then I waited. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: A Dog is a Pig is a Bear is a Boy Paid Member

    We're tackling the big issues in Buddha Buzz today: capitalism, vegetarianism, and Buddhist business.  In an article reminiscent of Tricycle's own "Occupy Buddhism: Or Why the Dalai Lama is a Marxist", GOOD magazine's Kira Goldenberg examines Western yoga's relationship to capitalism in "Bad Karma: Can Yoga and Capitalism Get Along?" The short answer to the title is no—not really—if you care about keeping the tenets of yoga intact. Goldenberg begins the piece, More »
  • Occupy Sravasti Paid Member

    This guest blog post comes our way from Joshua Eaton, an editor, writer and translator. Eaton holds an M Div in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University. His most recent piece for tricycle.com is "Making Buddhism accessible to working-class people." Occupy Sravasti: How Buddhism Inspires Me to Occupy By Joshua Eaton More »
  • Mindful Eating: You Saw It Here First Paid Member

    Mindful eating has hit the New York Times! One of our sharp-eyed editors spied this article yesterday in the Dining and Wine section of the Gray Lady: "Mindful Eating as Food for Thought." In it, Jeff Gordinier writes about his visit to the Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, N.Y., where he participated in a silent, vegan, mindfully-eaten lunch, something he found to be "captivating and mysterious." (Afterward, he tweeted, "& yeah I tried this mindful eating thing @ the monastery. Very cool. But not easy. Even putting my fork down was hard!") But it's not just the New York Times who has trumpeted mindful eating. As Gordinier says in the article, More »
  • Tricycle Talks: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Paid Member

    Listen to Tricycle's Sam Mowe speak with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche about his new book Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind, which we're currently reading at the Tricycle Book Club. Topics include: What is the relationship between body, speech, and mind? How do these three "doors" serve as entrances and exits to the spiritual path? How does identifying where our pain is help us to transcend it? More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Mindfulness for Doctors, Meditation's Downfalls, and the Avian Flu Paid Member

    A sobering article out of the NY Times this week called “As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows.” From the article: Hospitals and doctors’ offices, hoping to curb medical error, have invested heavily to put computers, smartphones and other devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to patient data, drug information and case studies. More »