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  • 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 »
  • You are not alone in facing death Paid Member

    For a Tibetan Buddhist approach to preparing for death, join us at the Tricycle Book Club where we are discussing Anyen Rinpoche's new book Dying with Confidence. The conversation is being facilitated by Allison Graboski, the translator of the book, and Eileen Cahoon, the editor. From Dying with Confidence: More »
  • Contemplate the Causes and Conditions that Led to Your Birth and Will Lead to Your Death Paid Member

    Sugarcoating it will do you no good: everyone you know someday will die. The best that we can hope for is to be prepared for the moment of death, as thoroughly as we can, whenever it comes. How does one begin to prepare for the end of life? For a Tibetan Buddhist approach to this question, join us at the Tricycle Book Club where we are discussing Anyen Rinpoche's new book Dying with Confidence. The conversation is being facilitated by Allison Graboski, the translator of the book, and Eileen Cahoon, the editor. From Dying with Confidence: More »
  • Contemplate Your Ideal Death Paid Member

    If you had control over death, how would you want to die? Join us at the Tricycle Book Club to discuss Anyen Rinpoche's Dying with Confidence, his recent book that explores death from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective. From Dying with Confidence: Contemplate Your Ideal DeathWhat will your mind be like? What qualities will you have developed? What practice will be most important for you to do or hear at that time? Who do you want to be there to help you stay focused on your practice as you are dying? Join the conversation here. More »
  • Introducing the Tricycle Teachers Fund Paid Member

    The subject of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat is the Ten Perfections, also known as the paramis (Pali) or paramitas (Sanskrit). The Perfections comprise primary Buddhist virtues that are essential on the path to enlightenment. (Read more about the Ten Perfections here.) Dana—generosity—is a cornerstone of the Ten Perfections. This month we are pleased to introduce the Tricycle Teachers Fund to support Buddhist teachers, who offer the teachings freely. The practice of dana by students and laypeople has been vital in supporting Buddhist teachers since the time of the Buddha. More »