Mindfulness

  • Practical Matters: How to benefit most from mindfulness practice Paid Member

    We're reading B. Alan Wallace's new book, Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness, at the Tricycle Book Club. Join us to discuss both the theory and practice of mindfulness. From Minding Closely: More »
  • At the Tricycle Book Club: Minding Closely with B. Alan Wallace Paid Member

    Join us at the Tricycle Book Club on Monday, September 5 to participate in a discussion with B. Alan Wallace on his new book, Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness.In Minding Closely, Wallace presents a simple but powerful set of techniques for anyone—regardless of tradition, beliefs, or lack thereof—to cultivate mindfulness. Beginning with the basics, Wallace (who has studied mindfulness from a variety of perspectives as a monk, scientist, and Buddhist teacher) encourages us to investigate, and meditate on, the challenging issues we face in life. While reading Minding Closely we're reminded continually of the importance of process as we wonder these big questions. From the preface: More »
  • Q&A with Thirty-Year Vipassana Instructor Michele McDonald Paid Member

    Michele McDonald, who has been teaching vipassana meditation for thirty years, co-founded Vipassana More »
  • Mindfulness & Murder: A monastic mystery Paid Member

    Who dunnit? That's what Father Ananda, a cop-turned-Buddhist-monk, is trying to figure out in Irish-Thai director Tom Waller's new film Mindfulness and Murder (Sop Mai Ngib in Thai). From the Bangkok Post: Adapted for the screen and directed by Tom Waller, an Irish-Thai producer/filmmaker, the film is adding a new shelf in the menagerie of monk characters in Thai movies. Though not exactly a mind-twisting detective flick of the highest order, the film rides on a moody atmosphere, while its portrayal of the cloistered monastic existence—in good and bad ways—is honest and far from simply flattering. More »
  • Breath Meditation Instructions from Sharon Salzberg Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg is now leading a Tricycle Retreat on The Five Hindrances, the five negative thought patterns that interrupt our practice (and life). The following meditation instructions are from pages 46-51 of her bestselling book Real Happiness: More »
  • Awake at the Wheel Paid Member

    Last week, several Tricycle staffers traveled to Carmel, New York to visit the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi at Chuang Yen Monastery. Sam Mowe describes it here and provides some visual aids. (The monastery was pretty mind-blowing.) But he left out the driving part. Carmel is a bit off the beaten path and it's easiest to get there with a car. I drove. I don't remember why but it was a bit like musical chairs: We were at the car rental place and everyone piled into the car and I was left outside and the only empty seat was the driver's. So exercising the millennia-old "driver's privilege" of controlling the radio, for the ride back I decided to pop in Awake at the Wheel: Mindful Driving with Michele McDonald, which we've had in the office for a little while, but, since we live in New York City, we haven't had much chance to put into practice. More »