Interview

  • The Spalding Sutra: A Buddhist priest talks NBA Finals, LeBron, and playing in "the zone" Paid Member

    Noriaki Ito is a Shin Buddhist priest at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Last year he was appointed as a bishop of his organization's North America District. Due to his new responsibilities, Ito retired from his position as a meditation teacher at Occidental College, which is where I met him as a student five years ago.In addition to being a Buddhist priest, Ito is also a passionate sports fan. We recently exchanged emails about his take on the NBA Finals, and possible connections between Buddhism and basketball. More »
  • BuddhaFest: Filmmaker Eloise de Leon on Colors of Compassion Paid Member

    In this video Enkyo Roshi speaks with Eloise de Leon about her documentary Colors of Compassion, which will kick off the second week of the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival on Monday, June 13. Join the Tricycle Community to watch Colors of Compassion and five other Buddhist films.Colors of Compassion was shot over four days at Deer Park Monastery in California during the historic first retreat for people of color to be led by Thich Nhat Hanh. Watch the trailer for Colors of Compassion here. More »
  • BuddhaFest: Filmmaker Matt Flickstein on With One Voice Paid Member

    Matt Flickstein is an insight meditation teacher and the director of With One Voice, a documentary about mystical experience. With One Voice is the second film showing at the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival, and will be available for streaming starting tomorrow. Below is a short Q&A with Flickstein about the film.Join the Tricycle Community to watch With One Voice and five other Buddhist films. With One Voice is distributed by Alive Mind Cinema. More »
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    Ethical Wisdom: An interview with Mark Matousek Paid Member

    Mark Matousek is a Tricycle contributing editor. His new book, Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good, is now available in bookstores. More »
  • This week on tricycle.com Paid Member

    If you were asked to imagine yourself meditating, what would you look like? For many of us the picture that springs to mind is a seated figure, cross-legged on a cushion. But there are many ways to meditate. This week on tricycle.com we are featuring a practice piece on walking meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh. He writes, "You can take a step and touch the earth in such a way that you establish yourself in the present moment; you will arrive in the here and the now." More »
  • Building the Buddha's Birthplace Paid Member

    People around the world are celebrating Vesak this month (the exact date of the holiday varies according to different calendars used in different countries and traditions), which honors the life of the Buddha. Even though the holiday encompasses the birth, enlightenment, and death of Siddhartha Gautama, many people celebrate it as the Buddha's birthday. More »