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  • 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 »
  • Announcing the BuddhaFest Short Films Showcase Paid Member

    What does it mean to be "Awake in the World"? Tricycle and BuddhaFest are partnering to present a showcase of short films. Send in your video interpretation of 5 minutes or less on what it means to be awake in the world. Top prize is $1,000. Be creative. Be unique. Use your imagination as well as your heart. Winners will be featured at the BuddhaFest Film Festival in Washington, DC on June 14-17, as well as online here at tricycle.com.Details here. More »
  • Meditation Month: Day 13 Paid Member

    Lucky day 13. With all the luck from today and all the love accumulating in advance for tomorrow, here's hoping that today is a good day to be a meditator. As for me, I'm not sure yet—I haven't had a chance to practice yet today. But I'm excited to, and I will. Over the weekend I re-read Bhante Henepola Gunaratana's book Mindfulness in Plain English. It was the first book on meditation that I ever read. I love that book. I owe a lot to it. And reading it again made me feel like I did the first time I read it: just so excited. Like a child. More »