Interview

  • 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 »
  • Robert Thurman on the Dalai Lama's Retirement: An Interview Paid Member

    Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and co-founder and President of Tibet House US. A personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, his latest book is Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World. Recently we were able to chat about the Dalai Lama's retirement, the future of Tibet, his relationship with HHDL, and the importance of putting practice into action. This interview was conducted over email, as Thurman is currently "inbetween things" while traveling in Bhutan. He will be teaching at InsightLA on April 30. —Sam Mowe More »
  • Joseph Goldstein at InsightLA tomorrow Paid Member

    A while back I spoke to Vipassana teacher Joseph Goldstein about his event at InsightLA, which takes place tomorrow. A few years back Joseph was generous enough to answer reader questions about practice and had this to say about "what to do with our minds during vispassana practice": More »
  • Compassion Music: 5 Questions with Keepaway’s Nick Nauman Paid Member

    I recently got together with Nick Nauman, a college friend from a semester in India. We ate burritos in Brooklyn. He’s a famous musician now—or on his way, at least. Back in 2005, we were students on the Antioch Buddhist Studies program, staying in Bodh Gaya’s legendary Burmese Vihar. For our independent study projects we both traveled to Sikkim, where he spent a few weeks learning how to play traditional Tibetan wind instruments. I remembered this when he told me that his band Keepaway—a trio made complete by band mates Mike Burakoff and Frank Lyon—was getting some attention and good reviews. I asked: “Is there a Buddhist influence on Keepaway’s music?” He answered “yes,” and I took out my notebook and tape recorder. More »
  • Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners: An Interview with Robert Sharf Paid Member

    At the Tricycle Community we're beginning part 4 of our "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners" series. This time we're discussing an interview with Berkeley's Robert Sharf about his critique of what scholars call Buddhist modernism.Here's a small sampling of the interview: More »