• 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 »
  • Making our way through a sea of green Paid Member

    In my continuing quest to bring mindfulness to all that I consume, I've met more than a few roadblocks. As Organic! Green! and Eco-friendly! labels scream at me from the aisles of my grocery store the process has become increasingly exasperating. Further confusing me, the "Healthy Living" section of my local supermarket recently renovated their floors, replacing linoleum with polished wood to simulate the feel of an organic health food store. Detergents, toothpastes, fruits, and even potato chips now come in green packaging with grassy knolls, woodland creatures, and falling leaves decorating their labels. It all adds to my mounting confusion. More »
  • Jesus, Buddha & the Devil Paid Member

    Does a Christian have much to learn from a Buddhist about the Devil? If they read Stephen Batchelor's Living With the Devil on an international flight they may. The Rev. Robert V. Thompson, senior minister of the Lake Street Church of Evanston, Illinois and former  Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions, did just that and lived to write about it. Not everyone was enthusiastic about his reading habits, though. A fellow passenger, once she saw the title of the book the good reverend was reading, ignored him for the rest of the flight. (You can read an excerpt from Stephen's book and a brief Tricycle interview with him here.) More »