Vipassana

  • Meditation Month, Day 13: Get thee to the cushion Paid Member

    I've heard plenty of discussions about how difficult it can be to establish a regular meditation practice. There are whole lists of tips about how to go about this. But the best advice I've ever heard is short and sweet and comes from the Buddha himself: Here are the roots of trees. Here are empty places.Get down and meditate. Don't be lazy.Don't become one who is later remorseful.That is my instruction to you. This comes from Bhikkhunupassaya Sutta, in which the Buddha explains what "directed" and "undirected" meditation are. (If you want to know more about these two forms of meditation, you can read Andrew Olendzki's translation of the sutta here.) More »
  • A Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide Paid Member

    In today's Buddhist Holiday Survival Guide dharma talk, teacher Gil Fronsdal speaks about service as generosity. It's the perfect reminder for those of us who are feeling stressed and exhausted about shopping for gifts—as Gil reminds us, the result of generosity should be peace, not being burned out and in conflict. If we are feeling the latter instead of the former, we might want to examine whether we're giving in the spirit of selfless love or out of a sense of duty and obligation. If you missed Gil's previous talks, you can find them here and here. More »
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    Who to Vote For? Paid Member

    With the upcoming election just around the corner, Sharon Salzberg, Vipassana teacher and frequent Tricycle contributor, shares her thoughts on the importance of voting in the Huffington Post in her piece "Who to Vote For?" Don't worry, she won't acually tell you who to vote for. As a spiritual leader, I knew I'd be busted if I told anyone who to vote for from the "pulpit," so to speak. And anyway, I don't think it's right to equate enlightenment, freedom or salvation with a particular candidate. That seems different to me than discussing values (like compassion) worldview (like interdependence) or ethics (like generosity)—and any real discussion, from my point of view, involves free thinking. Read the article in its entirety here. More »
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    Call for Submissions from Vipassana Journal Inquiring Mind Paid Member

    The following announcement came to us from our friends at Inquiring Mind, a donation-supported, semiannual journal of the Vipassana community. The publication is excellent, and to make matters even better, author, Tricycle contributor, and previous Turning Wheel editor Susan Moon is guest editing the upcoming issue. We don't know exactly what she and the other editors have planned, but we do know that anyone who works with them will be in good hands. Here's the announcement:   CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS More »
  • Wisdom from the Prison Yard Paid Member

    The letter below is one of many included in the book Letters from the Dhamma Brothers. In these letters, the prisoners who took part in the Vipassana program at a maximum security prison in Alabama reflect on their prison experience following their meditation course. The letters are all at once moving, insightful, and profound. These prisoners' introduction to the program was captured by director Jenny Phillips in the film The Dhamma Brothers, which Tricycle screened online in March. More »