Tricycle Community

  • Rodney Smith at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    Join us Monday, July 26 at the Tricycle Community Book Club for the discussion of Rodney Smith's Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self. Smith dives into the depths of the Buddha's teachings on no-self and impermanence, while remaining accessible and skillfully avoiding the risk of superficiality. It's one of those rare books that will appeal to both newcomers and to those with experience on the spiritual grind. From the introduction: More »
  • Bonnie Myotai Treace on Generosity and Attention Paid Member

    Week 2 of Bonnie Myotai Treace's Tricycle Retreat begins today. In this week's talk she elaborates on last week's theme of generosity and introduces the theme of attention. While stressing the importance of attention in practice she tells a story of a Japanese Emperor that visited a Zen master asking for a great teaching.  In response to the Emperor's request the master painted a calligraphy of the character for 'attention.' The Emperor thanked him but stated he was looking for more of a teaching than one simple character. Upon being asked to elaborate on this teaching, the master's response was simply to once again paint the character on another piece of paper and hand it to him.  This apparently went on for quite some time.  Eventually the Emperor saw that this repetitive action WAS the great teaching—that one must come back to attention again and again and again. More »
  • Deep Roots Need Good Soil Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: If you have a supportive sangha, it’s easy to nourish your bodhicitta, the seeds of enlightenment. If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice. Please find a good sangha or help create one. -Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Fertile soil of Sangha" Read the complete article here. More »
  • This is Getting Old: A discussion on aging at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    We're discussing Susan Moon's new book, This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, at the Tricycle Community Book Club this week. You can also listen to an interview with the author before moving on to the discussion. Bodhipaksa (known online for, among other things, his Fake Buddha Quotes) calls Susan Moon "one of Buddhism's funniest writers." More »
  • Blogwatch: Musings Paid Member

    I recommend checking out Musings by author, teacher, translator—and blogger—Ken McLeod.  An excellent teacher, McLeod does just this in the vast majority of his blog: He teaches.  Through simple practice tips and personal reflections, McLeod strikes an impressive balance between simplicity and depth which makes his blogs both instantly accessible as well as very useful.  It is very practice-oriented and can serve as a great online resource for any regular meditator with an internet connection. More »
  • Don't forget: Susan Moon at the Tricycle Community Book Club Paid Member

    Join us at the Tricycle Community Book Club for the discussion of Susan Moon's This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. The book, a collection of essays, is broken down into three parts: Cracks in the Mind and Body, Changing Relationships, and In the Realm of the Spirit. Get a head start on reading before Susan joins us Monday, June 21! Starting next week we will spend two days discussing each section and have a final day to wrap things up. From Part One, Cracks in the Mind and Body: More »