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    Day 37 Big Sit Meditation Tip: Equilibrium Paid Member

    If you're straining too hard to maintain concentrative focus, let go and listen to the sounds around you. More »
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    Day 36 Big Sit Meditation Tip: Coffee Paid Member

    A little groggy, Bodhidharma, the first Zen patriarch, cut off his eyelids to stay awake. He tossed them aside and legend has it tea leaves blossomed at the very spot they landed. We don't suggest you try this in your garden at home but tea does work wonders, and meditators have drunk it for centuries to stay awake. You can drink coffee, too, says Peter Doobinin of New York's Downtown Meditation Community, who told Tricycle: Some people say that it was actually Buddhist monks who discovered coffee. The story goes that they were wandering around in the forest somewhere when they came across the beans. They started chewing them and thought, "These are great. We can use this energy for our meditation practice." If you are going to get up in the morning and sit, it doesn't have to be first thing. Get up and have a cup of coffee if it helps. It's when you start taking out the newspaper and doing other stuff that you lose the freshness of mind you have when you first wake up. More »
  • 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 »