Meditation

  • Buddha Buzz: The Kindness of Roger Ebert and the Magical Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Paid Member

    We're surrounded, today and yesterday, with the deaths of beloved cultural icons. Today is the sixteenth anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's death. And yesterday, as I'm sure you know already, the prolific film critic Roger Ebert passed away at 70 years old. You can read his obit by the Chicago Sun-Times, his home newspaper for almost 50 years, here. More »
  • On Meditation: An interview with filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus Paid Member

    Rebecca Dreyfus is the director of the forthcoming film series On Meditation, which documents the inner journey of meditation through portraits of practitioners from a variety of traditions. The team has so far filmed the Venerable Metteya, Hatha yoga teacher Elena Brower, author and Zen practitioner Peter Matthiessen, actor Giancarlo Esposito, and mindful congressman Tim Ryan. Filmmaker David Lynch is slated next. Known for her feature-length documentary Stolen, Dreyfus was inspired to film On Meditation by a curiosity about other people’s practices and a desire to cultivate her own. Tricycle spoke to Dreyfus earlier in the week by email about the impetus behind the film series and the challenges of depicting an inward-turning practice on film. More »
  • Balancing Emotions: Second Week of Segyu Rinpoche's Retreat Paid Member

    In this week's retreat teaching, Balancing Emotions, Segyu Rinpoche of the Juniper School shows us how to practice analytical meditation. By using it to develop awareness of our emotional patterns and triggers, we can begin to transform our inner habits and lead a more balanced emotional life. Rinpoche breaks down analytical meditation into a four-phase process: familiarity, reasoning, application to our lives, and insight, which becomes the object of our concentration. He also introduces us to a way of reframing our emotional vocabulary by going through the Juniper School's five emotional scales of assertiveness, contentment, realism, compassion, and self-value. Through practicing analytical meditation, he says, we can "dismantle that story, that structure, which has that component that leads us into affliction, leads us into suffering, leads us into stress." More »
  • Meditation Month, Day 28: You Happy Lucky Idiot Paid Member

    Meditation month is wrapping up, and though I'm pretty sure I've achieved nothing, I have—I hope—developed some insight into "real happiness." The most pronounced of these is the insight that real happiness isn't so great. In fact, for anyone with half an imagination, it's opposite ("fake happiness," "conventional happiness"?) is far superior. While conventional happiness is filled with bouts of joy and connection, not to mention endless congratulations, awards and achievements, Cold Beer and Beautiful Girls, real happiness has something to do with sustained attention and—can't forget—accords with reality. More »
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    Sitting in Wartime Paid Member

    Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though saving your head from fire. —Dogen, 13th-century Japanese Zen master Eyes closed, the body comes into focus. I feel the touch of the ground beneath my sitting bones, the touch of my hands resting on crossed legs. The breath takes over; layers of the mind unfold. But today, on the threshold of the cave of consciousness, the walls of the cave—my body—grab hold. It is as if the vrittis (the whirling of thought and emotion) are embedded in the flesh itself. The skin, the muscle, the organs, the bones pulsate, calling me back. Look at me, my body says. Stay with me. Yes, watch me. Keep me safe. More »