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  • Scholar-Practitioners in American Buddhism Paid Member

    This is part two of a three-part guest blog series by Charles Prebish, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and Utah State University. In the current issue of Tricycle, Prebish is interviewed by Linda Heuman (Read "Pursuing an American Buddhism" here), however, they had so many topics to cover in such a short time there were many items Prebish would have liked to discuss more fully. Last week we featured "Precepts as Practice in American Buddhism." Join the discussion of this blog post, and the two others, on the interview page. More »
  • Tricycle Talks: Jenny Phillips on The Dhamma Brothers Paid Member

    Jenny Phillips is a cultural anthropologist, psychotherapist, and a documentary filmmaker. She is the director of this month's selection at the Tricycle Film Club, The Dhamma Brothers, a film that follows a 10-day meditation retreat in Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison outside Birmingham, Alabama. Listen to Tricycle's Sam Mowe speak with Phillips about the meditation program at Donaldson, the effects that the program has on participants, and the possibility of meditation entering other prisons. More »
  • Karen Armstrong to present "State of the Charter for Compassion" this Thursday, March 22 Paid Member

    Last September, Tricycle partnered with the Compassionate Action Network to support Karen Armstrong's work on the Charter for Compassion. This Thursday, March 22, Armstrong is going to present a "State of the Charter for Compassion" that you can watch livestream here. To get pumped up and prepared for Armstrong's presentation—and to learn more about the Charter for Compassion— read interviews with Armstrong here and here, or watch the video below.Nearly 86,000 people have signed the Charter for Compassion, a document designed to promote the Golden Rule around the world, and you can too by visiting here. More »
  • Guest Post with the Dalai Grandma: "Zen Out in the Cold" Paid Member

    Do you know the Dalai Grandma? Otherwise known as Jeanne Desy, she's the blogger behind the Dalai Grandma, one of my favorite Buddhist blogs. Refreshing and unpretentious, she writes on her blog about "the reality of an ordinary old age in America, deeply influenced by a Zen cat." Today she muses on a common problem for Buddhist practitioners: what do you do if you don't live near enough to a center to be involved in a sangha? Zen Out in the Cold More »
  • What does it mean to be Awake in the World? You Tell Us! Paid Member

    All right all ye professional, budding, and smart phone-wielding videographers out there. Now is your chance to bully all your friends into just one more artistic project and make some solid money in the process. All you have to do is create a film—5 minutes or less—that explores the question, "what does it mean to be awake in the world?" Tricycle is partnering with BuddhaFest Film Festival to bring you a Short Films Showcase competition with a top prize of $1,000...and the bragging rights that you are officially the one who knows best of all what it means to be awake in the world. (Kidding about that last.) THE PRIZES: If you enter: A free one-year membership to Tricycle! Worth it. Totally worth it. More »
  • Meditation Month: Gratitude Paid Member

    Let me confess: I haven't meditated yet today. Usually, I like to sit in the morning, but today I just woke up too late. So what I did instead, on my subway commute to work, was make a list of things that I'm thankful for. This practice doesn't help build concentration like sitting meditation does, but it can help uplift tired spirits. If you don't believe me, you should seriously give it a shot. I'm not sure this fits in exactly with the Meditation Month theme, but here's a challenge: Try making a list of things that you're grateful for and not feeling pretty darn good about things generally. On this unseasonably warm February day, my list stuck to the basics: air to breath, clean water to drink, and access to parks full of trees. What's on your list? More »