• Joseph Goldstein at InsightLA tomorrow Paid Member

    A while back I spoke to Vipassana teacher Joseph Goldstein about his event at InsightLA, which takes place tomorrow. A few years back Joseph was generous enough to answer reader questions about practice and had this to say about "what to do with our minds during vispassana practice": More »
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    Joseph Goldstein at InsightLA, January 4th Paid Member

    This afternoon I spoke with Vipassana teacher Joseph Goldstein today about his upcoming event at InsightLA, the difficulties of this "most wonderful time of the year" (December Dukkha) and more. We'll have the audio up on the site soon. In the meantime, if you're in southern California in the new Year, be sure to check out his InsightLA event. A few years back, several teachers volunteered their time and wisdom to answer questions from Tricycle readers. Joseph Goldstein was among them. In one of his answers he expressed this thought:More »
  • Urgency in Burma Paid Member

    Our friend Allan Badiner sends along the following, a guest blogpost from a campaigner for the US Campaign for Burma named Patrick Cook-Deegan.   Each day for the past seven years, Burma’s imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi started her morning by practicing meditation alone in her dilapidated house in Rangoon. But last month, Suu Kyi’s schedule changed markedly when she was freed from house arrest after seven and a half continuous years of detention. As she walked out to the gate of her home, she smiled at the thousands of followers who had flocked to her house to show their support. As she addressed them, she promised to continue Burma’s “non-violent revolution.”For Free Burma campaigners like myself, it brought tears to our eyes to see “The Lady” back where she belongs: amidst the people of Burma. Usually even the roads to reach her house are blocked by soldiers—I witnessed that first-hand this past summer in Rangoon. In fact, this is the first time I have seen Suu Kyi free since becoming a part of the Burma solidarity movement four years ago.I first got involved in Burma after going on a solo bicycle trip 1,000 miles through the country in the summer of 2006. During my month long trip, I was frequently followed by Burma’s military police, and I played the good tourist most of the time to prevent endangering the locals around me. But there were times I could slip away from my followers and find Burmese people who were willing to tell me about their lives. Often I ended up at monasteries talking with monks. Many of Burma’s younger monks are politically active and eager to talk to foreigners. In Mandalay, I spent a few days befriending one young monk named U Zwingar. We were about the same age—21—and we shared many of the same values. I had just completed my first 10-day mediation sit and I was interested in learning more about Buddhism. And we were both interested in politics. More »
  • Vipassana Romance (V.R., for short) Paid Member

    Who hasn't fallen in love while meditating? A silent stranger sitting upright and attractive on a cushion across the floor—obviously your enlightened soulmate. His delicate fingers resting on his lap. The way she thoughtfully holds each breath before exhaling. And we already have so much in common! Pagan Kennedy has an article in the New York Times about her experience with Vipassana Romance (V.R., for short), entitled "Breathe in, Breathe Out, Fall in Love." She writes: More »
  • Real wisdom isn't found in universities Paid Member

    In his Week 4 teaching, "Active Engagement," from his Tricycle Retreat "The Challenge of Change: Living Skillfully in an Uncertain World," Larry Rosenberg tells us real wisdom isn't learned in school. He says: More »
  • Real Wisdom vs. Wise Words Paid Member

    In Week 4 of his Tricycle Retreat, "The Challenge of Change: Living Skillfully in an Uncertain World," Larry Rosenberg discusses the Buddha's exchange with his son, Rahula. The exchange concerns skillful speech: Will what I say be beneficial to the person I'm speaking to? And if it turns out that it isn't, it's also ok to feel remorse: More »