Meditation

  • Day 35 Big Sit Meditation Tip Paid Member

    If meditation is a priority, then it’s helpful to take that word literally and put meditation first. An example would be my rule of not turning on the computer before I’ve meditated. Simple, but effective. Probably the most trenchant advice I ever heard was in eight words from Suzuki Roshi:  "Organize your life so you can sit well." - Senior Shambhala teacher David Schneider More »
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    Day 34 Big Sit Mediation Tip Paid Member

    Sit in the morning first thing. The mind is usually quietest then. Sometimes we even wake up before our neuroses do. More »
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    Day 33 Big Sit Meditation Tip Paid Member

    "You are not trying to make things turn out the the way you wnat them to happen. You are trying to know what is happening as it is." - Burmese monk Sayadaw U Tejaniya Read an interview with him here. More »
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    Reading Past Dogen, to Dogen Paid Member

    We're having some interesting discussions at the Tricycle Community on the Big Sit, the teachings of Zen Master Dogen, and a bunch of other things. Here's an interesting response by Tricycle’s editor-at-large, Andrew Cooper, to our post from last week’s discussion on The Fundamentals of Dogen's Thought: Reading Past Dogen, to Dogen Studying the work of a religious teacher from a distant time and place presents any number of problems. Yet it is precisely through an active dialogue with tradition, for which such study can be essential, that the strivings and concerns of an individual’s spiritual life are anchored in a context of shared human endeavor. Sometimes ideas from the past seem to float unimpeded across the centuries and resonate intimately with our deepest intuitions. Sometimes they just clang and clatter in discordance with our basic values and best knowledge about the world. More »
  • Your Favorite Place to Sit Paid Member

    Do you have a favorite place to sit? Post a picture of it at the group Tricycle Community member David F. has created. More »
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    Cushion or Chair? Paid Member

    I used to hear that only wimps gave up the cushion for the chair. But whether because of age or injury or a simple disinclination, many meditators have opted for the chair anyway. Today I hear teachers routinely tell us that it's just fine to sit in a chair, though usually at the back of the meditation hall, far from the action. I have to admit, I've never been one to do it. When I had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, for instance, I meditated lying down until I healed. I just didn't like the idea of sitting in a chair. But many meditators, for one reason or another, do, and I can't see anything wrong with it. So a few years back, I was receptive when our copy editor, longtime Triker Karen Ready (she predates even me), wrote a practical guide to sitting in a chair, replete with pictures. (She presented other alternatives as well, coming into my office one day with an odd contraption—lots of Velcro and straps—that was supposed to support the lower back. More »