Interview

  • Q & A with the Dalai Grandma Paid Member

    Welcome back to our blogger Q & A series! Today we have an interview with Jeanne Desy of the "Dalai Grandma" blog, whose guest post, "Zen Out in the Cold," we published just last week. Jeanne, also known as the Dalai Grandma, is a Zen practitioner from Ohio who writes about her daily life with a Buddhist spin. Although she frequently blogs, unapologetically, about difficult topics—dealing with old age and sickness, for example—I always find reading her blog to be a calming, softening experience. Enjoy our Q & A and make sure to check out the "Dalai Grandma" blog for her recent thoughts on the nirvana fallacy, Chogyam Trungpa, and her poetry (she's a published poet and author). More »
  • Karen Armstrong to present "State of the Charter for Compassion" this Thursday, March 22 Paid Member

    Last September, Tricycle partnered with the Compassionate Action Network to support Karen Armstrong's work on the Charter for Compassion. This Thursday, March 22, Armstrong is going to present a "State of the Charter for Compassion" that you can watch livestream here. To get pumped up and prepared for Armstrong's presentation—and to learn more about the Charter for Compassion— read interviews with Armstrong here and here, or watch the video below.Nearly 86,000 people have signed the Charter for Compassion, a document designed to promote the Golden Rule around the world, and you can too by visiting here. More »
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    Jeff Bridges to co-write book of Zen and Dudely teachings with Bernie Glassman Paid Member

    By way of Danny Fisher and Rod Meade Sperry at Shambhala SunSpace, some news comes our way: Pick up your Sioux City Sarsparilla or White Russian (Caucasian) and mosey on over to take a gander at this: More »
  • Buddha Buzz: A Blond Dalai Lama? Paid Member

    Does anyone remember when Hungary withdrew official recognition for all religious organizations in the country except 14? Well, good news. They've added 18 more, 5 Buddhist groups among them. Of course, that still leaves over two hundred religious sects that aren't recognized, but at least Hungary is acknowledging that Buddhism (and Islam, and Jehovah's witnesses, apparently) exists within its borders. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: E-blessings, Art, and Ceasing to Be Human Paid Member

    Buddhism and modernity have sat down together at the table once more. Last Friday, the China Daily published the article "Buddhist temple offers e-blessing service," which covered one innovative method of controlling crowds, reducing the burning of incense, and making some money: sending blessings via text. Guiyuan Temple in Wuhan, China, in cooperation with China Mobile, is charging people 3 to 10 yuan (normal text messages, according to the article, cost 0.15 yuan) to send a blessing text, which includes the phone number of the person for whom the blessing is meant for. While China Mobile forwards the text to the appropriate person, the blessing appears on an LED board outside the temple, where monks are chanting prayers for all the texters and textees. More »
  • Tricycle Talks: Jason Siff on Unlearning Meditation Paid Member

    Why does meditation have to be so hard? According to Jason Siff, there is an inherent tension in meditation practice between your mind as it is and the meditation instructions you use. In his book Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get in the Way (the December Tricycle Book Club selection), Siff encourages us to take a bird’s-eye view of our meditation instructions so that we can see the concepts and beliefs that are embedded within them. When we get behind the instructions and understand how the concepts within them function, we find that we often sort our meditation experiences into acceptable and unacceptable, right and wrong. More »