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  • Day 4: Snow, Samsara, and You Paid Member

    Day four on the cushion. My thoughts are all over the place. What has to be done today in the office? Is it going to snow this weekend? How will I be OK when my parents die? I probably haven't learned a thing about meditation in all these years. But one thought that I had was a real pick-me-up: I was thinking about, well—don't let this creep you out—I was thinking about you. Usually sitting with my coworkers just makes me feel grateful that I have a job where office meditation is encouraged (and, in this case, not only encouraged but required!)—I see us as a little sangha. But today I imagined you and everybody else out there taking part in the challenge with us this month. My sense of sangha widened out to wherever you find yourself sitting today. This isn't just something nice to say; you can see the widening circle when you drop by the book club. More »
  • Help Jeff Bridges end childhood hunger Paid Member

    Jeff Bridges graced the cover of Tricycle's Fall 2010 issue, and with his image, we broke a long tradition of Tricycle covers and have not regretted it. In the past we've eschewed celebrity covers, but Jeff is no ordinary celebrity, and I'm not referring to his Academy Award last year and his nomination again this year. I'm referring to the good work he has done and continues to do beyond his professional life. More recently, Jeff has invited us all to take his "No Hungry Kid Pledge," with the goal to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. It's an ambitious goal but one we can help him meet. Nearly 22,500 have pledged so far, but we can do better than that. Take the pledge now—it's easy and quick and it can change a life for the better. More »
  • Thank you for making the Tricycle Teachers Fund a success! Paid Member

    This month we did something new at Tricycle.com. To accompany our retreat with Thai Forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu—his retreat on the Ten Perfections (or paramis/paramitas) was one of our most popular to date—we launched a new initiative: The Tricycle Teachers Fund. In addition to offering Than Geoff's new book Skill in Questions for free download, we invited you to contribute $5 to the Tricycle Teachers Fund. Many of you did—thank you! 100% of what we collect through the Teachers Fund will be donated to the teacher (or teacher's center) in question, in this case, Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Metta Forest Monastery. More »
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    What is the 28 Day Meditation Challenge? How does one prepare? Paid Member

    We have received a lot of questions about what exactly is entailed in the new 28 Day Meditation Challenge that begins on February 1st. It is quite simple, the challenge is this: see if you can meditate every day for 28 days straight. Participants are encouraged to follow the program laid out in Sharon Salzberg's new book, Real Happiness, and to share their experiences online with one another.  For this challenge, the central hub of communication will be Sharon Salzberg's website. More »
  • If you can breathe, you can meditate... Paid Member

    That's the subtitle of the first chapter of Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. Here at Tricycle we've begun the countdown: 5 days until we begin the four-week Meditation Challenge. For details, see yesterday's post. And by way of introduction to Real Happiness, the consummate meditation guide that will serve as our North Star throughout the 28-day meditation period, here's a taste: What is Meditation? Straightforward and simple (but not easy), meditatoin is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware—not only of our own inner workings but also of what's happening around us in the here and now. Once we see clearly what's going on in the moment, we can then choose whether and how to act on what we're seeing. More »
  • It's Back: The 28 Day Meditation Challenge! Paid Member

    Last week I joined Sharon Salzberg and 30 or so others at Tibet House in New York City to prepare for a 28-day meditation challenge that begins on February 1. Participants will run the gamut, from a fireman to an investment banker to a TV producer, from beginners to old pros. Sharon gave initial instruction and plenty of encouragement, especially to those who are new to meditation practice. More »