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  • Watch: Taming a Wild Horse Paid Member

    You can't force meditation. Though many of us think that the more effort we apply during meditation the quicker or better the results will be, this is not how meditation works. In this short animation Meditation Doctor Andy Puddicombe explains the ins and outs of applying effort during meditation.Every Tuesday we feature new teachings by Andy at our "Introduction to Mindfulness" series. Read today's teaching. More »
  • Tricycle Trolls Paid Member

    Internet troll (from Urban Dictionary): 1. Noun. One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. 2. Noun. A person whose sole purpose in life is to seek out people to argue with on the Internet over extrememly trivial issues. Such arguments can happen on blogs, Facebook, Myspace, and a host of others. The best thing you can do to fight an Internet troll is to not answer. (My addendum: this is also known as "Don't feed the trolls!") More »
  • Buddha's Lost Children (And A Tough-Love Monk) Paid Member

    We have a new film at the Tricycle | Buddhafest Online Film Festival: Buddha's Lost Children, directed by Mark Verkerk. The Tricycle team watched it together yesterday afternoon, and let me tell you, this one's a good one. The film follows Thai boxer turned Buddhist monk Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto (Khru Bah, for short), as he takes young children from the fringes of Thai society into his monastery, saving them from a life of impoverishment or drug abuse. Focusing on three boys at the monastery, the film shows their transformation throughout a year under Khru Bah's care. More »
  • Watch: Dynamics of the Mind Paid Member

    Imagine that you're blindfolded, sitting on a bench next to a busy road. You can hear the noise and commotion, but you can't see what's causing the noise. Meditation, says Andy Puddicombe, is all about taking the blindfold off.Have a question about meditation? Check out Andy's "Introduction to Mindfulness," where today's post accompanies the animation below. More »
  • Now Announcing the Short Films Showcase Winners... Paid Member

    Two months ago, we launched the Short Films Showcase competition with a simple and serious question: "What does it mean to be Awake in the World?" Twenty-five dared to respond. With original, five-minute videos that range in content from beekeeping in Virginia to skateboarding in East Harlem, these filmmakers answered with visual stories of meditation, mindful awareness, compassion, and service to the world. You came. You watched. You voted. And now it's time to announce the winners. Without further ado... AUDIENCE CHOICE, FIRST PLACE goes to Chad Scheifele's "Who Am I?" Congratulations, Chad! With a healthy 1220 votes and average rating of 4.7 stars, you've won $1,000, two All-Festival passes to Buddhafest, and the screening of your film there. Watch Chad's winning video below. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "Buddha in the Bee Yard" Paid Member

    Counting today, there's only three days left to decide who our Short Films Showcase winner is going to be. I hate to sound like a politician, but (I'm putting on my stern face now) your votes count. This is your chance to alter Short Films Showcase history. All right, the politico-speech is over now. Let's talk short films. More »