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  • Angry, angry, angry Paid Member

    From Teabaggers (I never got used to "Tea Partiers" and stick with the name they gave themselves) to television news shriekers to the average Jane and Joe on the street (employed or not), Americans seem pretty testy lately. Just turn on cable or take public transportation—or read the blogs. Whether it's difficulty adjusting to the realities of the new century or to our much-changed role in the world, people are angry. So I thought I'd link to a short piece by Ken McLeod, who wrote on anger, its causes, and its remedies through mind-training (lojong), a practice Acharya Judy Lief writes about regularly for us at tricycle.com. More »
  • The Dharma Has No Owner Paid Member

    "There is a saying that “the dharma has no owner; it belongs to whomever is most diligent.” Sometimes people say, “I don’t have time to devote myself to practice, I’m doing a lot of different things and I am obliged to do them.” But honestly, it’s not that one has to go to some other place and close the door and be quiet in order to practice. That’s not the only way. It’s definitely the case that we can practice at any given moment. We can always try a little more to be kind, to be compassionate and be careful about what we do and say and so forth." -Chokyi Nyima "Keeping a Good Heart" (Spring 2002) Read the complete interview here. To sign up for Tricycle's Daily Dharma emails, click here. More »
  • Chronic pain? There's hope. Paid Member

    I've heard plenty about meeting pain with meditation, and there's a whole book about it—or many, but this latest book is one I may read in preparation for old age. Author Tim Parks, inspired by a A Headache in the Pelvis, a book by two Stanford urologists who recommend meditation, decided to give it a try. And—drum roll—it worked; his chronic pelvic pain was significantly alleviated. According to tomorrow's Irish Times: It took about three months to lower the levels of pain to such an extent they were no longer a problem, he says. More »
  • Martine Batchelor on Breaking Bad Habits, Week 4 Paid Member

    Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns," is now in its fourth and final week. but don't worry if you've missed the previous three teachings! You can watch the first talk here, and if you're a Tricycle Community Sustaining Member, you can watch all the talks from past and present retreats. More »
  • Christians come to temple's aid Paid Member

    I'm a real sucker for good news lately. We hear so much of the bad. A lot of you have probably heard about the Cambodian Buddhist temple in Rochester, Minnesota, that has been repeatedly vandalized—shrubbery uprooted, a spray-painted "Jesus Saves" message, and so on—but here's something to feel good about from the Post-Bulletin—a Christian group has come to the temple's aid: With simple actions—pulling weeds, mowing grass, planting hostas—a group of volunteers sent some big messages Saturday afternoon at the Cambodian Buddhist temple in southeast Rochester. Around 25 volunteers from Carefest, an annual church-organized volunteer event, spent the day doing landscape work at the temple, which has been repeatedly targeted by vandals since it opened in 2003 More »
  • Buddhism & Science: How the dialogue might go deeper—or where it might end Paid Member

    After all the discussion of science and Buddhism in my last post (see comments 7-11), I came across the Dalai Lama's appearance before an audience of more than 500 Korean Buddhists in Yokahama today, where he encouraged the study of not only Chandrakirti but also science. From TibetCustom.com: In his brief talk, he asked the Koreans to be 21st century Buddhists by mastering modern scientific ecuation as well as Buddhism. "Like great masters of the ancient Nalanda University, you must study and examine the Buddhist texts and practice the teachings in your daily life," he said. More »