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  • Q&A with "The Reformed Buddhist" blogger Kyle Lovett Paid Member

    Kyle Lovett, the Zen practitioner behind the blog “The Reformed Buddhist,” has for the past five years pissed off and freaked out the Buddhist blogosphere with posts that range from the off-color to the obscene. (One of his most popular posts, “And Not A Single F*ck Was Given That Day,” is a good example.) As a Buddhist-blog enthusiast and intern at Tricycle, I am an avid reader of “The Reformed Buddhist,” and as controversial as Kyle may be, he always seems to know how to get a discussion started. More »
  • BuddhaFest Teaching: Sharon Salzberg on Real Happiness (VIDEO) Paid Member

    This dharma talk by Sharon Salzberg is from the 2011 Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. Learn about this year's festival, which starts on May 29, here. Sharon Salzberg has been an intensive meditator since 1971. A cofounder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Sharon is also the author of such modern classics of Buddhist literature as Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, The Kindness Handbook, and her latest, Real Happiness, which earned a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. More »
  • BuddhaFest: Watch Crazy Wisdom today! Paid Member

    The Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is entering its final week today, and we're very excited to start showing Crazy Wisdom, a documentary about the life and times of the influential and controversial Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.Trungpa is a major figure in the history of Buddhism in the West. He fled Tibet after the Chinese invasion, studied at Oxford, and shattered many notions of how an enlightened teacher should act. He openly drank alcohol, renounced his monastic vows, and had sexual relationships with some of his female students. And yet, despite all of this, the brilliance of his teachings is hard to miss and he inspired many great students.Watch an interview with filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas about Crazy Wisdom here. More »
  • BuddhaFest: Filmmaker Christina Lundberg on For the Benefit of All Beings Paid Member

    For the Benefit of All Beings is the fifth film showing at the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival, and is available for streaming. Below is a short Q&A with Christina Lundberg about the film.Join the Tricycle Community to watch For the Benefit of All Beings and five other Buddhist films through July 4. What inspired you to make For the Benefit of All Beings? Many students over the years had requested to Garchen Rinpoche that there be a movie made about his life story. Rinpoche finally agreed and asked me to make a movie that would help his students remember him after he passed away. More »
  • BuddhaFest Teaching: Enkyo Roshi on social engagement Paid Member

    There is a Zen koan that asks what does the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the embodiment of compassion, do with all those hands and eyes?Since she began teaching 25 years ago, Enkyo Roshi has fostered the imperative of social engagement in the practice of Zen Buddhism at her center in New York City. The question of what to do with all those “ hands and eyes” points us to the heart of the matter: how do we fully engage in our life, which is also the life of the world? How do our Buddhist teachings and practices lead us naturally to a life that actively engages the world around us?Roshi will discuss such dangers on the path as infatuation with other-worldliness, the illusion of separateness, and self-centered practice. How can we move into a more skillful understanding of the teachings? How can we be aware, courageous and wise? More »
  • BuddhaFest: Filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas on Crazy Wisdom Paid Member

    In this (two-part) video Filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas talks about Crazy Wisdom, her documentary about the life and times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Crazy Wisdom will be showing at the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival starting this Monday, June 27. All six films from the festival will be available through July 4. Get your festival pass here. More »