Meditation

  • 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 »
  • Tricycle Talk with Artist Mike Giant Paid Member

    Our Tricycle Talk today is with legendary fine art, tattoo, and graffiti artist Mike Giant, half of the team behind clothing brand Rebel8 and the current Tricycle issue's featured Buddhist in This Buddhist Life. I had over an hour long conversation with Giant for This Buddhist Life, but as it tends to happen, it was cut to the six-question interview you may or may not have already read (if you haven't, it's here). Needless to say, there was a whole lot of Giant that wasn't captured in the magazine, not to mention his artwork. More »
  • Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Meditational Deities Paid Member

    Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. Last week we explored gods and deities in Tantric Buddhism, and this week we will move the discussion onward to meditational deities. Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Meditational Deities More »