Vipassana

  • Week 2 of Larry Rosenberg's Tricycle Retreat, "The Challenge of Change" Paid Member

    Week 2 of Larry Rosenberg's Tricycle Retreat is here. This week, Larry describes an imaginary meeting between the Buddha and a Gulf Coast shrimper who has lost his livelihood to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. You can watch the first few minutes here: http://vimeo.com/15778861 To see the rest of this video, become a Tricycle Sustaining Member today! You'll have access to this Tricycle Retreat—and all the Tricycle Retreats! Join the discussion with Larry Rosenberg today. More »
  • Larry Rosenberg: The Challenge of Change Paid Member

    Larry Rosenberg is the founder and a guiding teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. He is also a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and the author of Breath by Breath - The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and, more recently, Living in the Light of Death - On the Art of Being Fully Alive. His writings have appeared frequently in the pages of Tricycle. In a 1999 interview with Tricycle editor Amy Gross, Larry discusses vipassana meditation as he sees it: More »
  • Larry Rosenberg and CIMC Paid Member

    Yesterday I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts to help videographer Denise Petrizzo with some of the filming of Larry Rosenberg's upcoming Tricycle Retreat. (I'm not much help with these kinds of things. I try to just stay out of the way.) Here's a picture I took of Larry in the meditation hall at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, looking refreshed after filming (sorry for the terrible cellphone-photo quality): More »
  • Daily Dharma: The Natural Activity of Mind Paid Member

    Just as awareness is a natural activity of mind, so, too, feeling, perceiving, and thinking are natural, impersonal activities of mind. They condition judging, liking, disliking, explaining, strategizing, and rehearsing. While these are all natural activities of mind—meaning they appear due to causes and conditions— these secondary activities of mind enhance the sense of self even as they ensnare it into identifying with the content of thoughts. Deeply habituated cultural, social, religious, familial, and personal karmic conditionings dominate the untrained mind. More »
  • Off the grid, into the mind Paid Member

    In today's New York Times, Robert Wright, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, describes his experience returning to technology after a week-long Buddhist meditation retreat at Insight Meditation Society (IMS). Having spent his time at IMS "unplugged" from technology---Wright spent five hours of sitting meditation and five hours of walking meditaiton each day---upon returning home he had to confront his email, smart phone, and the seduction of the 24-hour news cycle. Wright describes the wave of complicated emotions that befell him after falling into the trap of clicking on a link to a video of Paris Hilton's recent arrest and then succumbing to his "techno-lust"---online window shopping for a new smart phone (though he admits that he already has an iPhone): More »
  • Concentration and Flow with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Paid Member

    In an interview published yesterday in the LA Times, Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo discusses the band's upcoming "raw and emotional" album Hurley, experimenting with different vocals, and the creative ways he keeps fans on their toes during performances (at a recent show, he found himself serving beer at a bar in the back of the venue.) When the interview turned to cultivating a peaceful mind through Vipassana meditation---which Cuomo has practiced for seven years---the singer said that exercising his mind helps to focus his concentration and flow during Weezer's performances: More »