Tricycle Retreats

  • Fleet's in town! Paid Member

    No, we don't mean the Navy... We were very lucky to have Fleet Maull, Zen Peacemaker and founder of the Prison Dharma Network, pay a visit to the Tricycle offices today.  Among other things, we discussed Tricycle's ongoing collaboration with PDN, charnel ground meditation, his Bearing Witness Retreats to Rwanda, and the possibility of him leading a Tricycle Retreat on Engaged Buddhism this summer. Fleet is a superb meditation instructor and is very familiar with teaching in the online arena, so we'll be very excited to see him on our site as a retreat leader soon! (He had just come from the local Starbucks, where they write customers' names on the cups. You can almost make out the "Fleet" written near the top of the cup in this photo.)   More »
  • Week 4 of Reggie Ray's Tricycle Retreat, "Touching Enlightenment" Paid Member

    It's the fourth and final week of Reginald Ray's Tricycle Retreat, "Touching Enlightenment." Take a look at his fourth teaching here: For the full retreat experience, you'll need to be a Tricycle Community Supporting or Sustaining Member. More »
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    Misusing the Breath Paid Member

    In response to the Week 3 talk of Reginald A. Ray's Tricycle Retreat, "Touching Enlightenment," a participant writes: Thank you for your teachings. In Part 3, you spoke of our habitual shutting down or stopping at some point in our experiences and how our karma is created in doing so. This idea is fascinating. While sitting last night, it seemed that my returning to the breath at the point of the awareness of thinking might be a way of doing the same thing. What is the difference? to which Reggie responds, More »
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    Touching Enlightenment with the Body Paid Member

    In an early Theravada meditation text, the phrase “touching enlightenment with the body” is used to describe the attainment of ultimate spiritual realization. It is interesting, if a bit puzzling, that we are invited not to see enlightenment, but to touch it--not with our thought or our mind, but with our body. What can this possibly mean? In what way can the body be thought to play such a central and fundamental role in the life of meditation? This question becomes all the more interesting and compelling in our contemporary context, when so many people are acutely feeling their own personal disembodiment and finding themselves strongly drawn to somatic practices and therapies of all kinds. More »
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    The Boundaries of Awareness Paid Member

    We might ask ourselves, what is the nature of our own awareness in terms of its shape or configuration?  More »
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    Meditation is Deeply Somatic Paid Member

    In the classical Buddhist traditions, meditation is deeply somatic—it is fully grounded in sensations, sensory experience, feeling, emotions, and so on. Even thoughts are related to as somatic—as bursts of energy experienced in the body, rather than nonphysical phenomena that disconnect us from our bodies. In its most ancient Buddhist form, meditation is a technique for letting go of the objectifying tendency of thought and of entering deeply and fully into communion with our embodied experience. And hence it leads to “touching enlightenment with the body.” More »