Meditation

  • The Heart of Buddhist Practice Paid Member

    The heart of this teaching is zazen, or meditation in a sitting posture, from which all understanding derives. This, in case you were wondering why we called our first Tricycle Community offering "The Big Sit." The quote is from Dogen scholar Kazuaki Tanahashi's Enlightenment Unfolds: The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen. Each week we'll be exploring Kaz's introduction to Dogen's teachings in our weekly Tricycle Community discussions. If you'd like to join us in the discussion, here's the first part and here's the second. More »
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    The Worst Buddhist in the World Paid Member

    Judith Warner of the New York Times writes on the feeling of abandonment when a friend gets into all that "mindfulness, the meditation and life practice that’s all the rage now in psychotherapy, women’s magazines, even business journals, as a way to stay calm, manage anger and live sanely." She then discusses Mary Pipher's new book: “It helps to realize we are not alone,” the psychologist Mary Pipher writes in her new book, “Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World,” an account of how mindfulness meditation helped her recover from the depression and self-depletion that followed the surprise success of her huge 1994 hit, “Reviving Ophelia” and subsequ More »
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    Big Sit, Day 11 Paid Member

    My turn to answer the door buzzer today. This is turning into a peculiar exercise: the hovering keisaku, an ever-present threat to our meditation. But a funny thing: it ended up being more of a threat to my seductive train of thought than anything else. Sitting back down after answering it, the elaborate fantasies of a few minutes ago were nowhere to be found (even if I had managed to pick up a few new ones along the way). More »
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    The Big Sit, Day 8 — Don't jump out the window Paid Member

    Four of us sat together in the office today. Managing Editor Alex Kaloyanides was master of ceremonies as usual. I had a hard sit -- I was anxious and hungry and I was impatient for the bell to ring. But then surprisingly toward the end there was, maybe, a small hole in the clouds and the sun came through and so when the bell did ring I felt good and took my time standing up. As Thanissaro Bhikkhu said in our Meditator's Toolbox (Spring 2007): When you end your meditation, be very careful with how you open your eyes. Try to maintain your center inside rather than letting it flow outside. Then, maintaining your center, get up from the cushion and keep the center inside as long as you can. More »
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    The Big Sit, Day 7 Paid Member

    A quiet morning sit with snow all around. Back to the grind tomorrow! More »
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    The Big Sit, Day 6 Paid Member

    Day 6 -- the weekend. Weekends are more difficult for me personally partly because I am in the extremely unusual (and fortunate) position of being able to sit at work! So my weekend sits are like most people's weekly sits... anyway, all went well. Hope everyone else had a nice first weekend sit as well! More »