Mindfulness

  • Practices to change your life Paid Member

    The great thing about Ken McLeod's series on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva is that these 5-minute videos manage to pack in a complete teaching and include a practice you can begin right now. "What are you waiting for?" Ken asks. They may just change the course of your day if not your life. From Ken's commentary this week on Verse 35: Patterns of emotional reactions are expert at one thing: survival ... They may have been effective coping mechanisms in the immediate circumstances in which they formed, but they are now deeply habituated dysfunctional patterns ... To crush a reaction all you have to do is experience it completely without being consumed by it. Watch Verse 35 below for a fuller explanation of the application of this simple but powerful practice. No promises of immediate enlightenment, however. As Ken points out, these are practices for a lifetime. Still, the pracitce itself is its own reward. More »
  • Tara Brach: The Alchemy of Transformation Paid Member

    We are happy to share the the first dharma talk from the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. Watch a preview of Tara Brach discussing the power that a minfulness practice brings to freeing our hearts, and to bringing intimacy and transformation to our closest relationships. If you're keen on watching the rest of Tara Brach's talk (and more from Tim Ryan, Sharon Salzberg, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Ven. Pannavait Bhikkhuni, Rick Hanson & Krishna Das) be sure get your online festival pass. For those already taking part in the festival, the full video can be viewed here. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Artist Mike Giant Paid Member

    Our Tricycle Talk today is with legendary fine art, tattoo, and graffiti artist Mike Giant, half of the team behind clothing brand Rebel8 and the current Tricycle issue's featured Buddhist in This Buddhist Life. I had over an hour long conversation with Giant for This Buddhist Life, but as it tends to happen, it was cut to the six-question interview you may or may not have already read (if you haven't, it's here). Needless to say, there was a whole lot of Giant that wasn't captured in the magazine, not to mention his artwork. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Zen Teacher and Author Marc Lesser Paid Member

    Today's Tricycle Talk is with Zen teacher and author Marc Lesser, who has written two books that you might recognize: Zen of Business Administration and Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less (now that's a secret I'd like to know how to put into practice). Recently he's teamed up with Chade-Meng Tan, otherwise known as Google's Jolly Good Fellow, to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence classes at Google. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with UPenn Professor Justin McDaniel Paid Member

    Today's Tricycle Talk is with Justin McDaniel, a Religious Studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Buddhist monk who identifies as both a Buddhist and a Catholic, he's got a Buddhist-related academic background of champions: a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, also from Harvard. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: The Cult's Ian Astbury and Some Hard Partyin' Monks Paid Member

    It's Friday the thirteenth (paraskevidekatriaphobics, beware) and what better way to celebrate than with an interview with "smash-and-grab Buddhist" Ian Astbury, veteran grunger and bandmember of The Cult? As the interview begins on the Huffington Post, "It might be argued that the visceral whack of The Cult's brand of heavy, dharma-conscious rock is just the kind of Zen stick a sleepy pop culture needs administered to its backside." I missed the fan cult of The Cult back in the 80s, so I can't really throw in my opinion on this. But we don't have to take the interviewer at his word: we have YouTube! Here's The Cult performing "She Sells Sanctuary" and perhaps whacking you with their dharma-conscious Zen music stick:   More »