Meditation

  • Remembering September 11 Paid Member

    Eleven years ago the United States was shook to its core by a terrorist attack of unprecedented scale. At the time, in response to the tragic events, Tricycle released in its next issue a special section—"September 11, Practices and Perspectives"—that shared Buddhist teachings on how to face the nation's acute suffering with patience and compassion. You can read "September 11, Practices and Perspectives," here. More »
  • Watch: Taming a Wild Horse Paid Member

    You can't force meditation. Though many of us think that the more effort we apply during meditation the quicker or better the results will be, this is not how meditation works. In this short animation Meditation Doctor Andy Puddicombe explains the ins and outs of applying effort during meditation.Every Tuesday we feature new teachings by Andy at our "Introduction to Mindfulness" series. Read today's teaching. More »
  • Wisdom from the Prison Yard Paid Member

    The letter below is one of many included in the book Letters from the Dhamma Brothers. In these letters, the prisoners who took part in the Vipassana program at a maximum security prison in Alabama reflect on their prison experience following their meditation course. The letters are all at once moving, insightful, and profound. These prisoners' introduction to the program was captured by director Jenny Phillips in the film The Dhamma Brothers, which Tricycle screened online in March. More »
  • Watch: Dynamics of the Mind Paid Member

    Imagine that you're blindfolded, sitting on a bench next to a busy road. You can hear the noise and commotion, but you can't see what's causing the noise. Meditation, says Andy Puddicombe, is all about taking the blindfold off.Have a question about meditation? Check out Andy's "Introduction to Mindfulness," where today's post accompanies the animation below. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Alan Swyer, Director of Spiritual Revolution Paid Member

    The second feature in this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is Alan Swyer's Spiritual Revolution, an interview bonanza with spiritual leaders, scientists, psychotherapists, and scholars. This means new, original content from many familiar Tricycle faces: Bob Thurman, Jack Kornfield, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shinzen Young, and John Makransky, not to mention a host of other spiritually-oriented and fascinating people. Speaking about the convergence of Eastern traditions and Western culture, these people—and their ideas—form the backbone of the spiritual revolution sweeping through the West. More »
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    Buddha Buzz: The Passing of a Beloved Zen Master Paid Member

    My thanks to everyone and anyone who has been reading Buddha Buzz these past few weeks. Because, as we all know, it's been a bit depressing. Murder, rape, theft, deception—a smorgasbord of horrible activities seems to have hit the Buddhist international community as of late, and I feel somewhat responsible for relaying the information onward to you. I'm making amends this week. So if you can get through the first story about the perversion of Buddhist teachings and the second story about the passing of a beloved South Korean teacher, I promise you'll be rewarded with some lovely (and pertinent) photos of puppies. More »