• 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 »
  • A visit from Lama Jhampa Thaye Paid Member

    We were very pleased today to receive a visit from the scholar and meditation teacher Lama Jampa Thaye, who was trained in both the Sakya and Kagyu lineages and authorized as a lama by his two masters, Karma Thinley Rinpoche and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He was accompanied by his daughter who is a relatively new New York resident. The lama himself lives in London (though his busy teaching schedule takes him all over the world.) His most recent book is Rain of Clarity—available here. More »
  • Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei on the Art and Calligraphy of Hakuin at Japan Society Paid Member

    Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei gave a teaching recently at New York City's Japan Society. Her topic was the art and calligraphy of Hakuin, in particular the image, "Nin," at right. Myotai is the guiding teacher of the Hermitage Heart sangha in Garrison, New York. The Hakuin exhibition continues at Japan Society until January 16th, at which it will go to New Orleans Museum of Art from February 12th to April 17th, 2011, and from there to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from May 22nd to August 17th, 2011. The show is stunning: if you'll be in southern Louisiana or southern California when it's around, don't miss it. Leading up to the Japan Society event, which took place December 4th, Myotai wrote the following: More »
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    Buddhist Humor Online: Paid Member

    At an event in the Tricycle office several hundred million years ago, Tricycle editor James Shaheen posed a question to the throngs of devas, nagas, goblins, demons, and bodhisattvas (numbering eighteen million in all) in attendance: "What would you like to see more of in the pages of Tricycle?" From the back of the room, a young man of good family known by some as Lama Surya Das called out bravely, "More humor!" Lo, he was not obliged (or if he was, it was just barely.) Today, billions of years after this auspicious gathering of one hundred and eighty million bodhisattvas and Pratyekabuddhas, longtime Tricycle readers will recall the humorous writings of P. B. Law, who has contributed such pieces as "Bodhisattva in the Rye" and "Winnie-the-Buddhist" over the years. More »
  • Wisdom 2.0 NYC! December 11th at UrbanZen Paid Member

    This Saturday, December 11th, 2011, from 10 AM to 7 PM, there will be a unique event at UrbanZen in New York City. Tricycle is pleased to co-sponsor this Wisdom 2.0 event that explores living with presence and purpose in our modern technology-rich age. With all the new technology today, it's easier than ever to live "disconnectedly connected," where we are connected to others through technology but largely disconnected from ourselves. The tools easily become our masters instead of our servants. More »