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    Clarification on Previous Posts Regarding the Letter from 44 Zen Teachers Paid Member

    I saw the opinion posted by James Shaheen on 20 February with regard to the issues raised in the letter you posted, and subsequent developments. More »
  • Real Happiness 28-Day Meditation Challenge, Day 15 Paid Member

    We're now into the third week of our 28-day challenge. If you've made it this far, you've likely already overcome a couple of rough patches caused by what Sharon calls a core group of unhealthy human tendencies that are obstacles to happiness. They're the states of mind that distract us in meditation practice, and trip us up in the rest of our lives. Broadly speaking, they are: desire, aversion, sloth, restlessness, and doubt. More »
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    Real Happiness 28-Day Meditation Challenge, Day 8 Paid Member

    Looking for inspiration on how to keep it going as we enter the second week of the 28-day meditation challenge? Keep moving, nothing to see here. One of the first things you'll hear when getting meditation instruction is that you should pick a time and place to sit every day and stick to it with sticktoitiveness. Yet we've been having trouble squeezing in sits here in the Tricycle office. Yesterday a few of us were out most of the day on Tricycle business, and the few hours we were all together in the office, we couldn't manage to sit together. (It wasn't my fault—it was everyone else's.) Someone had a conference call, someone else just had to finish something or go somewhere. Don't worry, most of us managed to sit at home either before or after, so the challenge wasn't blown, but I was a bit disappointed. More »
  • Tone-deaf Tibetan Super Bowl ad Paid Member

    I wasn't sure I'd seen what I'd seen so I went to YouTube to have another look at Groupon's Super Bowl ad. Timothy Hutton begins seriously enough: Mountainous Tibet. One of the most beautiful places in the world. This is Timothy Hutton. The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their very culture is in danger. And then what follows is I guess a little like a punch line—and a pitch for Groupon: But they still whip up an amazing fish curry! And since 200 of us bought at Groupon.com, we're each getting $30 worth of Tibetan food for just $15 at a Himalayan restaurant in Chicago. For the amount you have to figure Groupon spent they didn't get their money's worth. The ad is as dumb as it is offensive. But don't take my word for it. Have a look yourself.   More »
  • Help Jeff Bridges end childhood hunger Paid Member

    Jeff Bridges graced the cover of Tricycle's Fall 2010 issue, and with his image, we broke a long tradition of Tricycle covers and have not regretted it. In the past we've eschewed celebrity covers, but Jeff is no ordinary celebrity, and I'm not referring to his Academy Award last year and his nomination again this year. I'm referring to the good work he has done and continues to do beyond his professional life. More recently, Jeff has invited us all to take his "No Hungry Kid Pledge," with the goal to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. It's an ambitious goal but one we can help him meet. Nearly 22,500 have pledged so far, but we can do better than that. Take the pledge now—it's easy and quick and it can change a life for the better. More »
  • Day 3: The Great Meditation Challenge Paid Member

    Managing the magazine means I’m always looking forward, mapping out the calendar, checking the upcoming press schedule, assigning due dates. Often I find that my thoughts are 2 steps ahead of my actions. I love planning out each issue of the magazine, but sometimes I can get caught up with all my advanced preparations and forget about the present, the here and now. Yesterday as we sat, I found my mind wandering to the pages of my calendar, visualizing upcoming months and mapping out the next few issues. Then this morning, before I began my meditation, I was reading through the through the “Practice Preview” of the Week 1 Chapter of Real Happiness I came across the following passage: More »