Interview

  • 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 »
  • Tricycle Talks: Allan Lokos on Patience Paid Member

    Listen to Tricycle's Sam Mowe speak with Allan Lokos about his new book Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, the current selection at the Tricycle Book Club. Topics include: Is impatience ever a virtue? What's the relationship between mindfulness and patience? How can a person cultivate patience?Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City. 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 »
  • Tricycle Talks: Patrick Groneman, Executive Director of the Interdependence Project Paid Member

    Welcome to our second Tricycle Talk: our new audio interviews with Buddhists of note. Today Tricycle Editorial Assistant Emma Varvaloucas speaks with Patrick Groneman, the Executive Director of the Interdependence Project (IDP). Not familiar with IDP or their work? Listen to the interview below to hear about IDP's mission, their experiences meditating at Occupy Wall Street's Zuccotti Park, and whether bearing witness at protest sites is a truly effective social activism tool. As Groneman says in the interview, it is important to examine your own intention when meditating in public: More »
  • My Buddha Is Pink: Q & A with blogger Richard Harrold Paid Member

    Our blogger series went on a brief hiatus, but now it's back! Today we have an interview with Richard Harrold, the blogger behind My Buddha Is Pink. I'm a big fan of the blog because I love the way Harrold seriously contemplates texts from the Pali Canon in almost every post but gives them his own twist at the same time. In a post called "Are You Too Sexy for Your Body?" for example, Harrold cites the Majjhima Nikaya Atthakatha: More »
  • Video: Unlearning Meditation Paid Member

    We're currently reading Jason Siff's Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way at the Tricycle Book Club. For the next four weeks, Siff will be providing you with articles, meditation instructions, and most significantly, an opportunity for you to journal your meditation sittings and look more closely at what happens in meditation. Below are Siff's basic meditation instructions for “recollective awareness meditation.” Pick up a copy and join the discussion. More »