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    Buddha Buzz: Black Friday, Gray Mice, and White Wives Paid Member

    Black Friday is upon us. And as we've come to expect with the arrival of our favorite American holiday, there have been huge sales, massive crowds, and the trampling of workers and pregnant women. Actually, those tramplings occurred three years ago. This year, the American public has moved on to a more popular method of violence: pepper spray. An unidentified woman at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch, California, pepper sprayed other customers in an attempt to keep them away from the merchandise she wanted. One wonders if she had been inspired by the UC Davis cop. More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Zazen in a Bottle Paid Member

    Brad Warner's blog, Hardcore Zen, recently highlighted this amazing product: I AM BLISS energy shots. I AM BLISS drinks (so blissful, they need capital letters), use a combination of chamomile flowers, passion flowers, lemon balm, and Ashwagandha plants to give the drinker "an authentic experience of BLISS." As their website says, this is "no small undertaking when you consider the commonly understood meaning of BLISS is a euphoric state of being usually associated with drugs, mystical experiences, or the result of years of meditation." You hear that, dedicated meditators? Someone has bottled you. More »
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    PHOTOS: BGR's Walk to Feed the Hungry Paid Member

    Buddhist Global Relief hosted its second annual Walk to Feed the Hungry event in New York City last weekend. Bhante Buddharakkhita led a large group of walkers up and down a beautiful stretch of Riverside Park, for a 3.5 mile walk. The afternoon included memorable lines from guest speak Venerable Ji Xing ("Family is an acronym: Father and Mother, I Love You"), a vegetarian lunch, and raffle prizes (I won some tea!). Of course, as the leaders reminded participants at the end of the day, this walk is really just beginning. Here are some pictures from the walk. Says photographer Miana Jun, "I hope these photographs share an ounce of what the beauty of the day was like." More »
  • Kill that Impulse! Compassionate Solutions for Your Favorite Pest Paid Member

    Today we're very pleased to share with you a guest post from longtime friend and contributing editor of Tricycle, Allan Badiner. In addition to being a frequent contributor to Tricycle, Allan maintains his own blog at the web magazine Reality Sandwich and is also a member of the faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He lives on the central California coast, where he has had his own challenges with living amidst pests and remaining true to the first precept.   Kill that Impulse! Compassionate Solutions For Your Favorite PestBy Allan Badiner More »
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    The Brains of Buddhist Monks Paid Member

    Buddhism and the brain is a hot topic these days. Here's a recent BBC News report on meditation and the brains of Buddhist monks: More »
  • Is Sitting a Lethal Activity? Paid Member

    We've all heard the meditation instruction "just sit," but what if just sitting leads to an early grave? A recent piece at The New York Times explores an emerging field that some call inactivity studies: More »