Tricycle Talks

  • Tricycle Talk with Zen Teacher and Author Marc Lesser Paid Member

    Today's Tricycle Talk is with Zen teacher and author Marc Lesser, who has written two books that you might recognize: Zen of Business Administration and Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less (now that's a secret I'd like to know how to put into practice). Recently he's teamed up with Chade-Meng Tan, otherwise known as Google's Jolly Good Fellow, to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence classes at Google. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with UPenn Professor Justin McDaniel Paid Member

    Today's Tricycle Talk is with Justin McDaniel, a Religious Studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Buddhist monk who identifies as both a Buddhist and a Catholic, he's got a Buddhist-related academic background of champions: a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, also from Harvard. 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 »
  • Tricycle Talks: Jules Shell and Foundation Rwanda Paid Member

    I recently spoke with Jules Shell, co-founder and executive director of Foundation Rwanda. Begun in July of 2008, Foundation Rwanda has the primary goal of helping mothers fulfill the wish for their children to have secondary school education. From Foundation Rwanda's site: "In February of 2006, photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik traveled to East Africa with then Newsweek health editor Geoffrey Cowley to report on a story for Newsweek Magazine about the 25th year anniversary of the inception of HIV/AIDS. More »
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    Tricycle Talk: Making Zen Your Own with Janet Jiryu Abels Paid Member

    The following Tricycle Talk, divided into two sections, is with Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels, author of the new book, Making Zen Your Own: Giving Life to Twelve Key Golden Age Ancestors, published in January by Wisdom. It's available from Wisdom or Amazon. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Pema Rinzin Paid Member

    I had the great honor to interview Pema Rinzin, whose art is located in Rita Gross's article "Buddhist to Buddhist" in the Spring 2012 issue. We talked for two hours at his Tibetan Art Studio in Brooklyn, New York over a range of topics. He has  many important things to say, and his enthusiasm for Tibetan culture and for art is inspiring to hear. As soon as he began speaking, I was immediately engaged and couldn't set up my recording gear fast enough. Pema mentioned frequently that in Tibet, talking about art and actually finding books on art was a 'luxury'. We tend to forget how important books are (and how far away art is from day-to-day necessity), especially when so many of us are reading solely on electronic devices. More »