• The self exists, it's just not as real as you think. Paid Member

    If a basic principle in Buddhism is non-self (anatta), is it incompatible with psychotherapy, which seems to be all about finding and understanding the self? The question is a little misguided, and in an ABC News NOW segment Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein explains why: The self exists, it's just not as real as you think it is. You can watch the interview here. More »
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    Can our pets help us along on the path? Paid Member

    We have a new addition to the Tricycle office—of the hairy persuasion. One of our editors started bringing her 13-year old Spaniel and Collie mix, Scout, to work. I’ve noticed the shift in the mood of the office since this pooch began parading around. Is it my imagination or is everyone more relaxed, friendlier, and even happier? Scout makes his rounds when he arrives each morning to scope out the scene. He is low-key but inquisitive and his visits to individual staff produce smiles and increase the general well-being of those he comes in contact with. Do you have an animal in your life that brings you happiness or keeps you in the present moment—or disturbs your meditation every day? More »
  • Namkha Rinpoche visits Tricycle Paid Member

    Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli (aka Christopher Moltisanti) presented his film The Hungry Ghosts, his directorial debut, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City this month. The screening was a fundraiser for Namkha Rinpoche's charitable organization, The Golden Bridge Association, a not-for-profit dedicated to humanitarian aid and the preservation of Tibetan culture and religion. More »
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    Pear-shaped Buddhas? Paid Member

    No, Buddha-shaped pears! Is someone getting over on us? It's Friday and after a long week I thought I'd pass along the joy. I guess unlike money, Buddhas grow on trees. You can taste the fruit—or at least see it—here. More »
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    If you’re angry and you know it… Paid Member

    I attended a meeting at the Japan Society recently with some other Tricycle staff members, and several people who work at the fine organization on Manhattan’s east side, to talk about potential future collaboration. While in discussions, one of the staff members at Japan Society said, “Well I know I shouldn’t be angry, but...” and someone there replied, “It’s ok to be angry.” The two distinct notions presented raised the obvious question. Is it ok to be angry? “Many Buddhists get very skilled at pushing anger away, at sitting at a distance from their anger, but it’s not extinguished. They need help bringing it back into the center of their awareness and owning it again,” Psychotherapist and author Mark Epstein shares his views about anger in an interview from the summer 1998 issue of Tricycle. More »
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    Tricycle's Fall issue now online! Paid Member

    The cool, crisp days of autumn may not be here yet, but Tricycle's Fall issue is! It's heading to store shelves, and subscribers' mailboxes, and is available online right now! The cover shows a Rudolf Stingel sculpture of a Buddha at peace with many implements of the householder's life: a handheld mixer, scissors, a paint brush. Here are some of the articles from this issue that you can read right now: Sitting Practice Redux A meditator reflects on falling out of practice—and finding a way back. by Stephen Altschuler More »