Tricycle Retreats

  • Home Funeral Practices for Buddhists: Final Week of Caroline Yongue's Retreat Paid Member

    This week begins "Home Funeral Practices for Buddhists," the final week of Caroline Yongue's retreat on preparing for death. In this last installment, Caroline walks us through the procedures of a home funeral, staging the readings and practices in a mock demonstration.    More »
  • Do Not Waste Time: Week Three of Caroline Yongue's Retreat Paid Member

    This week begins "Do Not Waste Time," the third week of Caroline Yongue's retreat on preparing for death. In this third installment, Caroline advises us on how to eliminate distractions from our daily routines, how to create new habits to live more meritoriously, and walks us through the Essential Phowa Practice and the Dissolution of the Elements instruction. "When we are in the Bardo of Becoming, we are not guaranteed another human birth. Do not waste this precious human life. Live a meritorious life. This is our rare opportunity to practice the dharma." If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Check out the preview of this week's retreat below: More »
  • Conveying Our Wishes: Week 2 of Caroline Yongue's Retreat Paid Member

    This week begins "Conveying Our Wishes," the second week of Caroline Yongue's retreat on preparing for death. In this installment, Yongue enumerates a variety of options for near- and after-death care, and advises us to carefully consider these options. They include choices regarding hospice care, funerary preferences, and organ and tissue donation. It is best to evaluate these choices now, with our loved ones in mind, and make a plan and act on it when we are still able. This is the best way to ensure that our loved ones will not be harmed or suffer unnecessary anguish when we pass. If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Here's a preview of this week's retreat: More »
  • New Online Retreat: How a Buddhist Can Prepare for Death Paid Member

    We know, we know: death isn't all that much fun to think about. But since when has Buddhism ever shied away from sharing the bad news? So here at Tricycle, we won't either. The truth of the matter is, we're all going to die someday. And as our new retreat leader Caroline Yongue, a Soto Zen minister from North Carolina, puts it, why not prepare for death now, while you are still able to do so? It's been said in some circles that the Buddha was the ultimate pragmatist. Our November retreat, "How a Buddhist Can Prepare for Death," is just about as practical as you can get about it. Over the next four weeks, Yongue will share with you her insights about planning for your own death, from phowa practice to preparing advance care directives. More »
  • Communicating with Harmony: Week 4 of Vishvapani's Retreat on Right Speech Paid Member

    Today begins the fourth and final installment of Vishvapani Blomfield's retreat on Right Speech. In "Communicating with Harmony," Vishvapani reflects on the importance of practicing speech that is conducive to harmony, and refraining from malicious, slanderous speech. With the election season upon us and the heated political discussion that that entails, bringing awareness to our communication takes on an even greater importance. Using our motivation as a touchstone, we should examine it repeatedly in order to communicate truthfully without engaging in unnecessarily divisive speech. If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can now watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Here's a preview: More »
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    Communicating with Meaning: Week 3 of Vishvapani's Retreat on Right Speech Paid Member

    Today Vishvapani Blomfield continues his online Right Speech retreat with "Communicating with Meaning," an examination of our intentions across all forms of communication, suggesting the primacy of intention over subject matter. Vishvapani encourages us to reflect more fully on our inner values and motivations that inform our speech, enabling us to better abstain from frivolous, meaningless speech, and direct language in a highly charged, refined way that is conducive to genuine communication. If you are a Tricycle Supporting or Sustaining Member, you can now watch this week's retreat here. If not, join or upgrade your membership here. Here's a preview: More »