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  • One Size Doesn't Fit All: An Interview with Patricia Mushim Ikeda Paid Member

    The current issue of Tricycle features three essays by members of the Tricycle Community who, in different ways, don't fit the stereotypical image of what a Western Buddhist looks like ("Lifting a Corner"). One of the three contributors is Patricia Mushim Ikeda, a Buddhist teacher, author, mentor, and community activist. In her essay, "Not What I Thought," Mushim describes an incident at a Thai Buddhist temple in Chicago in the mid-eighties where the bhikkhus declined to invite her to meditate because she was a woman. From there she goes on to reflect on the diversity of North American Buddhism, as well as her place in it. More »
  • Impasses in meditation Paid Member

    We're currently reading Jason Siff's Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way at the Tricycle Book Club. For the next four weeks, Siff will be providing you with articles, meditation instructions, and most significantly, an opportunity for you to journal your meditation sittings and look more closely at what happens in meditation. Below are Siff's basic meditation instructions for “recollective awareness meditation.” Pick up a copy and join the discussion.Impasses in meditation More »
  • Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way Paid Member

    We're currently reading Jason Siff's Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way at the Tricycle Book Club. For the next four weeks, Siff will be providing you with articles, meditation instructions, and most significantly, an opportunity for you to journal your meditation sittings and look more closely at what happens in meditation. Below are Siff's basic meditation instructions for “recollective awareness meditation.” Pick up a copy and join the discussion. More »
  • Mindfulness Exercise: This Person Could Die Tonight Paid Member

    We are currently reading Jan Chozen Bays's How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness at the Tricycle Book Club. Each week in November, Bays will present us with a new mindfulness exercise that relates to the theme of gratitude. The fourth and final exercise is posted below. Give it a try and then join us at the discussion to tell us how it goes. Pick up a copy of the book here. More »
  • Deeper Lessons: Gratitude for the Body Paid Member

    We're reading Jan Chozen Bays's How to Train a Wild Elephant at the Tricycle Book Club. At the beginning of this week we posted one of the mindfulness practices from the book, "Gratitude for the Body," and today we're following-up with the "Deeper Lessons" to be learned from that exercise. If you have questions or comments for Jan Chozen Bays please join the discussion!Deeper Lessons More »
  • Mindfulness Exercise: Gratitude for the Body Paid Member

    We are currently reading Jan Chozen Bays's How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness at the Tricycle Book Club. Each week in November, Bays will present us with a new mindfulness exercise that relates to the theme of gratitude. The third exercise is posted below. Give it a try and then join us at the discussion to tell us how it goes. Pick up a copy of the book here.Mindfulness Exercise #3: Gratitude for the BodyThe Exercise More »