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    Mara is tired and cranky. The demon tempter has tried everything in his power to prevent this sitting man from attaining his goal, and now he’s finally out of tricks. In a desperate last hurrah to stop Siddhartha he sputters: So you think you’re going to wake up, do you? Go on then, become a Buddha. Who cares? Who is here to vouch for your achievement? I demand to know, wise guy: who will be your witness? Siddhartha—under the Bodhi tree, who at this very moment is becoming the Buddha—says nothing. In what has got to be the best possible response to Mara’s harassment (it gives me gooseflesh!), the Buddha silently reaches down and touches the earth with his fingertips. Boom. Rivers roar, flowers bloom, and the mountains walk. The earth bears witness. More »
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    Stephen Batchelor Week 3: Letting Go Paid Member

    Here's a clip from Stephen Batchelor's Week 3 teaching entitled "Letting Go." It's from his online retreat, "Buddhism for This One and Only Life." More »
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    Stephen Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, Week 2 Paid Member

    Here's a new video from Stephen Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhism for This One and Only Life." This clip is from Week 2's teaching, "Embracing Suffering." Stephen Batchelor's retreat is More »
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    Stephen Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, Week 1 Paid Member

    Stephen Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhism for This One and Only Life," is nearing the end of its first week. It's not too late to become a Tricycle Community Sustaining Member and join the retreat, however! Here's a sample of his Week 1 video so you can see what he's getting at. More »
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    Tricycle Pilgrimage to Bhutan Paid Member

    Tricycle Pilgrimage to Bhutan Tricycle Foundation is pleased to announce its first annual pilgrimage to Bhutan, beginning in Bangkok on February 24 through March 8, 2010.  A maximum of 20 pilgrims accompanied by leading Bhutanese Buddhist teachers will attend a traditional dance festival; visit temples and monasteries where Guru Rinpoche and other Buddhist saints meditated; witness the winter gathering of the endangered Black Necked Crane; and meet dynamic government and non-profit leaders. The $5,000 fee includes a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to Tricycle Foundation and covers all expenses including airfare from Bangkok to Bhutan, visas, board and room, transport, guides, and entrance fees. More »
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    Do people really want to be happy? Paid Member

    In his Guardian review of Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing, a critique of the failures of the free market, political philosopher John Gray doesn't seem to have much hope for Buddhism as a cure for bubble economies. It'd help, he says, if enough people would give up their wants, but he doubts that's about to happen any time soon. If, as the Dalai Lama says, everyone is looking for happiness, they might try giving up the endless pursuit of pleasure and find it. But Gray poses a leading question: Do people really want to be happy? He writes: Oscar Wilde may have been right that people know the price of everything and the value of nothing, a remark [Raj] Patel cites at the start of his book, and which gives him its title. But what is value if it is not price? More »