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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 »
  • Part 3 of Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners: An Interview with Jacqueline Stone Paid Member

    At the Tricycle Community we're beginning part 3 of our "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners" series. This time we'll be discussing an interview with Princeton's Jacqueline Stone about the place of the Lotus Sutra in Buddhist history. More »
  • Toni Bernhard reads from her new book 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. Join us here on Monday, October 18 to start discussing the book with the author (sign up is free and easy). To gear up for the discussion, after signing up on the Tricycle Community you can listen to Bernhard read a chapter from How to Be Sick. From the chapter "Tonglen": More »