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  • Rebel Buddha—Making Meaningful Connections Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha:"We're often quick to label people as being either spiritual or worldly types. People on the street are as likely to do this as meditators in shrine rooms; moreover, culturally traditional presentations of the dharma can serve to support this sense of contrast. However, such sharp distinctions actually close the window of opportunity to communicate with others. The moment we label someone as worldly and they, in turn, label us as spiritual, our communication stops right there, along with any possibility of developing a deeper relationship. More »
  • Rebel Buddha—Getting together with your mind Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha:"Whatever method you use, meditation is simply getting to know your mind. It's not about meditating "on" something or getting into a zone where you're blissfully removed from your mind's contents. Instead, the actual meaning of meditation is more like getting used to being with your own mind. Earlier, we talked about not knowing our mind—mind as the stranger in your neighborhood. Now we can look at how we can change this relationship. More »
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    Dr. Reginald A. Ray's Tricycle retreat begins today! Paid Member

    Dr. Reginald "Reggie" A. Ray's, Tricycle online retreat has begun and his first talk is available and open to all. Watch it here! With instructions derived from and inspired by the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition, particularly the practices of ascetic yogis who spent much of their lives in solitary retreat in caves and hermitages of Tibet, the retreat will include more guided meditation and direct practice instruction than our previous retreats. It is Reggie and Tricycle's hope that participants will both practice along with the video teachings as well as incorporate the instructions into their personal practice throughout each week, so as to be ready for each new instruction, which will build upon one another throughout the month.  More »
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    Lotus of the Wonderul Law Paid Member

    We're discussing the Lotus Sutra at Tricycle's Ning site: More »
  • Discuss the Lotus Sutra Paid Member

    In the third part of the discussion series, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," Princeton's Jacqueline Stone discusses the Lotus Sutra: Q: What is the Lotus Sutra about? In it we read how to hear the sutra, how to preach the sutra, who was gathered to hear it preached, what happened before it was preached, why it is so important, how it was preached in the past, what will happen in the future to those who hear it, and so on. It is like an extravagant preamble to an event that never seems to arrive. A: Some scholars of the Lotus Sutra have noted just that point, and I think it is a fair reading. If we just read the sutra, and set aside later interpretations, one thing we see going on is that the sutra is establishing its own authority. For example, at the beginning the Buddha emerges from meditation and begins to preach spontaneously, and not, as is usually the case, in response to a question. More »
  • Toni Bernhard at the Tricycle Book Club Paid Member

    The Tricycle Book Club is currently reading How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard (Wisdom Publications, 2010, $15.95 paper, available in all e-book formats). Foreword by Sylvia Boorstein. Bernhard has been actively participating in the discussion of How to Be Sick all this week, and she'll be here through the end of next week as well. Here is an exchange between Bernhard and a book club member: More »