Meditation

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    Smiling Mind Paid Member

    Smiling Mind, a new website and mobile app, is a mindfulness meditation program designed specifically with children and young adults in mind. Developed by an Australian nonprofit, Smiling Mind is available completely free-of-charge with registry.The program takes listeners through guided meditations, beginning with a "body scan" session and moving on to sounds, thoughts, and emotions—always returning to the ever-calming, grounding sensation of the breath. All meditations are presented secularly. More »
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    Getting There From Here Paid Member

    Today we have a guest post from writer and Zen practitioner Sam Guthrie. In "Getting There From Here," Guthrie grapples with his contradictory desire for enlightenment. I sit facing the wall on a small round black cushion, legs pretzeled, feet wedged implausibly onto opposite thighs. The burning in my knees has taken on an almost mystical quality. I try to be in the present moment, to be one with the unholy pain screaming in my body. If you can be one with it, it is supposed to hurt less, or at least differently. More »
  • 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 »