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  • Thank you for making the Tricycle Teachers Fund a success! Paid Member

    This month we did something new at Tricycle.com. To accompany our retreat with Thai Forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu—his retreat on the Ten Perfections (or paramis/paramitas) was one of our most popular to date—we launched a new initiative: The Tricycle Teachers Fund. In addition to offering Than Geoff's new book Skill in Questions for free download, we invited you to contribute $5 to the Tricycle Teachers Fund. Many of you did—thank you! 100% of what we collect through the Teachers Fund will be donated to the teacher (or teacher's center) in question, in this case, Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Metta Forest Monastery. More »
  • If you can breathe, you can meditate... Paid Member

    That's the subtitle of the first chapter of Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. Here at Tricycle we've begun the countdown: 5 days until we begin the four-week Meditation Challenge. For details, see yesterday's post. And by way of introduction to Real Happiness, the consummate meditation guide that will serve as our North Star throughout the 28-day meditation period, here's a taste: What is Meditation? Straightforward and simple (but not easy), meditatoin is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware—not only of our own inner workings but also of what's happening around us in the here and now. Once we see clearly what's going on in the moment, we can then choose whether and how to act on what we're seeing. More »
  • It's Back: The 28 Day Meditation Challenge! Paid Member

    Last week I joined Sharon Salzberg and 30 or so others at Tibet House in New York City to prepare for a 28-day meditation challenge that begins on February 1. Participants will run the gamut, from a fireman to an investment banker to a TV producer, from beginners to old pros. Sharon gave initial instruction and plenty of encouragement, especially to those who are new to meditation practice. More »
  • The 5 Rewards of Listening to the Dhamma Paid Member

    “There are these five rewards in listening to the Dhamma. Which five? “[1] One hears what one has not heard before.[2] One clarifies what one has heard before. [3] One gets rid of doubt. [4] One’s views are made straight. [5] One’s mind grows serene. “These are the five rewards in listening to the Dhamma.” — Anguttara Nikaya 5:202 - quoted in Skill in Questions by Thanissaro Bhikkhu In January, to accompany Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat The Ten Perfections, now in its third week, we'll be offering Skill in Questions for download. We are offering this special e-book edition for free. More »
  • The Ten Perfections Week 2 Preview: Truth Paid Member

    Week 2 of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat on the Ten Perfections (or paramis in Pali, and paramitas in Sanskrit) begins today! Last week's teaching on Discernment led to one of the most dynamic discussions we've had, and this week's teaching on Truth will be no different. Watch a preview of the video below. To watch the full teaching, become a Supporting or Sustaining Member of the Tricycle Community. More »
  • Introducing the Tricycle Teachers Fund Paid Member

    The subject of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat is the Ten Perfections, also known as the paramis (Pali) or paramitas (Sanskrit). The Perfections comprise primary Buddhist virtues that are essential on the path to enlightenment. (Read more about the Ten Perfections here.) Dana—generosity—is a cornerstone of the Ten Perfections. This month we are pleased to introduce the Tricycle Teachers Fund to support Buddhist teachers, who offer the teachings freely. The practice of dana by students and laypeople has been vital in supporting Buddhist teachers since the time of the Buddha. More »