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    Big Sit Meditation Tip Day 47 Paid Member

    You can take some simple steps to spare your back and knees. Some light stretching before sitting can make the experience more comfortable and prevent stiffness. Buddhist practitioner and yoga teacher Cyndi Lee writes, The notion of union is at the heart of both hatha yoga and meditation practice. Yoga, from the Sanskrit yuj, to yoke or bind, refers to the union of apparent opposites: masculine and feminine energies, small mind and big Mind, inner vision and outer awareness, steadiness and ease. We think of yoga as a balancing of mind and body. More »
  • Economic downturn has psychological side effects Paid Member

    An article in today's New York Times surveys recent research on the psychological stressors of a dismal economy. 2009 has seen an increase in calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and many are turning to medication and meditation. A related multimedia feature profiles a number of individuals struggling with economic anxiety. Our upcoming "What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You?" column in the Summer 09 issue will feature readers' responses to the economic meltdown. And look out for other economy-related discussions in the coming months at the online Tricycle Community. More »
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    Big Sit Day 46 Meditation Tip Paid Member

    "On retreats, sittings run between thirty and sixty minutes—most are forty-five—and the regular sittings that we have here in Cambridge last for an hour. The amount of time is less important than the regularity. It is good to sit a little longer than you want to so you see the part of your mind that resists practice, but you don't want to torture yourself." - Larry Rosenberg, Breath by Breath (Shambhala, 1998) More »
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    Big Sit Meditation Tip Day 45 Paid Member

    "The true practice of zazen is to sit as if drinking water when you are thirsty. There you have naturalness." - Suzuki Roshi. Day 45: halfway there! More »
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    Big Sit Day 43 Meditation Tip, plus Big Sit on Saipan Paid Member

    Big Sit Meditation Tip Day 43: Don’t expect too much. One of the good things about Buddhism is that it is very efficient at disappointing one’s egocentric calculations. And that’s a good thing. Other Big Sit news: There was a 45-minute Big Sit on the island of Saipan (on the north end of PauPau beach for those in the know) on Sunday, April 5th! Unfortunately Tricycle didn't see fit to send any correspondents... New York weather: 46 degrees Fahrenheit with steady rain. More »
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    Big Sit Day 42 Meditation Tip Paid Member

    To stop the mind does not mean to stop the activities of the mind. It means the mind pervades the whole body. (A paraphrase from Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.) More »