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  • Buddha Buzz: Week of January 6th Paid Member

    Bang That Tibetan Bowl More »
  • Straight Outta Kapilavastu Paid Member

    One day, long after he became a teacher, the Buddha went to give his daily sermon to the monastic community. He climbed on the dais but didn’t speak. Instead, he held aloft a single flower. He waited in silence. The monks and nuns looked back at him as the minutes passed. Finally, a single monk, Kāśyapa, looked at the Buddha. Kāśyapa smiled. As ancient scripture records it, the Buddha said, “I possess the true Dharma eye, the marvelous mind of Nirvana, the true form of the formless, the subtle dharma gate that does not rest on words or letters but is a special transmission outside of the scriptures. This I entrust to Mahākāśyapa.”[i] In other words, “Great Kasyapa is enlightened.” The Buddha got offstage and called it a day. This is the origin story of Zen. Amen, Brother. More »
  • We Love Getting Mail Like This Paid Member

    We love getting mail like this! This letter arrived from an anonymous Zen practitioner this morning: More »
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    Behind the Scenes Look at Tricycle Artist Beppe Giacobbe Paid Member

    The artist behind our striking cover this issue is Beppe Giacobbe, an artist from Milan. One of the Tricycle staffers found this whimsical, behind-the-scenes video of his work on YouTube last week. Whether he's doing work for us or for Chevy Spark, who sponsored the video, it seems like Giacobbe's style remains the same. As he says in the beginning of the video, "My art in three words? White, red, and black."   More »
  • Tricycle Trolls Paid Member

    Internet troll (from Urban Dictionary): 1. Noun. One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. 2. Noun. A person whose sole purpose in life is to seek out people to argue with on the Internet over extrememly trivial issues. Such arguments can happen on blogs, Facebook, Myspace, and a host of others. The best thing you can do to fight an Internet troll is to not answer. (My addendum: this is also known as "Don't feed the trolls!") More »
  • Every Meow and Zen... Paid Member

    The Tricycle team found this floating around on Facebook...it's originally from George Takei's page. Takei is an actor and gay rights activist. Or you might know him as that guy from Star Trek. Every meow and zen, I feel silly. More »